Usa shrine

Rokugo-manzan, an Oita original.

Some of Oita’s shrines & temples are national treasures.

The Kunisaki peninsula and the Usa region in the northern parts of Oita prefecture are the first places to see the syncretic union of Buddhism and Shinto in the early days of Japan’s history. This melding of belief systems gave rise to a culture known as the Rokugo-manzan. The term Rokugo refers to the six villages that were gathered around nearby Mt. Futago and other mountains in ancient times. Manzan on the other hand refers to the group of shrines and temples that were built there. These two facets gave rise to a unique culture of mountain worship called Rokugo-manzan that has flourished in this region ever since.
This year marks the 1300th anniversary of the beginning of the Rokugo-manzan. Many of the roots of this culture can still be seen in Kunisaki peninsula today. For example, Fuki-ji temple is the oldest wooden building in Kyushu and is recognized as a national treasure. When visiting and paying your respects, you can almost feel the millennium of history lingering in the air.

Fuki-ji temple
Fuki-ji temple

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