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Oya temple

1198 Oyamachi, Utsunomiya 321-0345, Tochigi Prefecture
+81 28-652-0128
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The oldest carved Buddhist reliefs in Japan

Small, but important temple. No photography is allowed. The temple is designated as a Special... read more

Reviewed 1 week ago
Seok Ting C
via mobile
A small gem in Utsunomiya

I have been to this place a few times while living in Tochigi prefecture. Its a nice little getaway... read more

Reviewed 2 weeks ago
Dale B
Nikko, Japan
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1 week ago
“The oldest carved Buddhist reliefs in Japan”
2 weeks ago
“A small gem in Utsunomiya”
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1198 Oyamachi, Utsunomiya 321-0345, Tochigi Prefecture
+81 28-652-0128
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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Small, but important temple. No photography is allowed. The temple is designated as a Special Historical Sites & Important Cultural Properties.

Thank Seok Ting C
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

I have been to this place a few times while living in Tochigi prefecture. Its a nice little getaway expecially on a warm summer day. The stone mine is very cool both in temp and in design. Well worth a visit.

Thank Dale B
Reviewed 19 October 2016

Our visit here was combined with our trip to the mine. The entry fee was included in the bus fares. A small but interesting temple with small serene garden. It was very peaceful when we were there and the monks were very friendly. Not sure...More

1  Thank austranomads
Reviewed 8 August 2016

Oya temple is so close to the Oya museum that you can easily walk from the museum.I expected a huge statue carved in the rock but it cannot be seen from outside,hidden by the temple building.But the Buddha was so beautiful that worth paying the...More

1  Thank GAIDA2014
Reviewed 29 June 2016 via mobile

The Heiwa Kannon-zo (Kannon Peace Statue) was interesting because it was carved into the stone. Prior to entering this area, you are mesmerized by the entrance way which looks like you are entering a mountain passage of stone. There is a staircase to the left...More

1  Thank Shikataganai73
Reviewed 20 April 2015

I don't evaluate the big Buddha made of stone, but the old Buddha made in 9 century that is protected in the temple called Ohyaji(大谷寺). The carver may be Chines, the temple guide said. According to her description the technique seems not Japanese. Further more...More

1  Thank Takenoko_jp
Reviewed 4 April 2015

Especially wonderful to be there with small numbers of visitors this temple has the oldest stone carvings in Japan (8-9th century Kobo Daishi/Kuukai?) and a small museum with archaeological finds including some treasures from the stone age. The arrow heads were sublime!

1  Thank Tony P
Reviewed 9 February 2015

The Oya Temple was a smaller temple, the monk living there told us some of the history of the temple, but due to my lack of Japanese language skills, it was lost on me. The garden out back was very beautiful and there are also...More

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Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile
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