Attractions

Shinto Shrine in Kunisaki Peninsula

Usa-jingū

The sprawling, wooded and water-crossed Usa-jingū, the original of which dates back some 1200 years, is the chief shrine among some 40,000 in Japan dedicated to the warrior-god Hachiman. It’s a 4km bus or taxi ride …
Buddhist Site in Kunisaki Peninsula

Kumano Magaibutsu

Around 2km south of Maki Ōdō Hall, and deep in a forest along a mossy riverbed, are two Heian-period Buddha images carved into a cliff: a 6m figure of the Dainichi Buddha; and an 8m figure of Fudō-Myō-o. Known as Ku…
Buddhist Temple in Kunisaki Peninsula

Fuki-ji

Located on the outskirts of Bungo-takada, this national treasure, made of fragrant nutmeg wood, is the oldest wooden structure in Kyūshū and one of the oldest wooden temples in Japan. Its overgrown grounds and moss-…
Buddhist Temple in Kunisaki Peninsula

Futago-ji

In the centre of the Kunisaki Peninsula, near the summit of Futago-san (721m), this temple was founded in 718 and dedicated to Fudō-Myō-o, the fire-enshrouded, sword-wielding deity. It’s a lovely climb, especially i…
Buddhist Temple in Kunisaki Peninsula

Taizō-ji

Taizō-ji is known for its famously uneven stone stairs. Local legend says that they are so random and haphazard that the Oni (devils) must have created them in a single night. Monks will give you stickers to put on …