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Top Choice Cafe in Kunisaki Peninsula

Soba Cafe Yuuhi

Timed right, this might be the most spectacular view you see your entire trip: the glowing setting sun sinking into the ocean or behind mud flats that seem to go right out to the horizon. On Kunisaki's northwest coa…
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 …