Top things to do in Kunisaki Peninsula

Top Choice Buddhist Site in Kunisaki Peninsula

Kumano Magaibutsu

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 Kumano Magaibutsu, these are the largest Bu…
Top Choice Cafe in Kunisaki Peninsula

Soba Cafe Yuuhi

This beach-casual shop might offer the most spectacular sunset of your trip: the sun sinks into the ocean or behind mudflats that stretch to the horizon – on clear evenings you can even see the green flash. Yuuhi se…
Shinto Shrine in Kunisaki Peninsula


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. An audio 'touch pen' guide (…
Buddhist Temple in Kunisaki Peninsula


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 up an uneven …
Buddhist Temple in Kunisaki Peninsula


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

Maki Ōdō

This temple's main hall dates from the Edo period, but the key reason to come here is to see the nine Heian-period sculptures designated important cultural properties, centred on the Amida Buddha and protector gods …
Buddhist Temple in Kunisaki Peninsula


At this temple near the entrance to the Kumano Magaibutsu, monks will give you stickers to put on the statue of your Chinese birth year.