Usuki Stone Buddhas

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Usuki Stone Buddhas
Usuki Stone Buddhas

The Usuki Stone Buddhas (臼杵磨崖仏 Usuki Magaibutsu?) are a collection of stone sculptures of Buddhas, in Usuki, Ōita Prefecture, Japan.

History[edit]

The Usuki Stone Buddhas were estimated to be carved during the 12th century, and consist of four groups of stone Buddhas. The reason why these stone Buddhas were carved here is unclear.

Cultural Properties[edit]

Among Usuki Stone Buddhas, 59 statues are selected as National Treasures of Japan. They are the first national treasures in Kyūshū, and also the first stone Buddhas selected as national treasures.

Access[edit]

  • There are daily buses from Oita and Usuki Stations; get off at Usuki-Sekibutsu stop.

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  • Japanese version of Wikipedia

Coordinates: 33°05′26″N 131°45′46″E / 33.09056°N 131.76278°E / 33.09056; 131.76278