Kanman-ga-Fuchi Abyss

Park in Nikkō

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Escape the crowds along this riverside path lined with a collection of Jizō statues, the small stone effigies of the Buddhist protector of travellers and children. It's said that if you try to count the statues there and again on the way back, you'll end up with a different number, hence the nickname 'Bake-jizō' (ghost Jizō). To find it, follow Daiya-gawa west for about 1km from the Shin-kyō bridge, crossing another bridge near Jyoko-ji temple en route.