Expedition to the 1553 Stone-Carved Monks of Nihon-ji

Come out adventuring on Obscura Day to visit Japan's largest stone-carved Buddha and the carved monks of Nihon-ji

Kyonan, Japan

Get tickets!


Trains, boats, busses & ropeways; getting to Nihon-ji at Nokogiriyama is as much a part of the adventure as the payoff: seeing Japan's largest stone-carved Buddha, the amazing "hyaku-shaku" (100ft) Kanon, and of course the 1553 hand-carved stone Arhats (monks of a higher enlightenment) which have an immediate, alien intensity. Founded in 725, Nihon-ji has changed hands many times & seen much turmoil, including great destruction during the anti-Buddhist movement during the Meiji Restoration, but it's idyllic Tomb Raider-esque setting perseveres and is today a very different temple complex than can be found at places like Kamakura or Nara. Even if you're "templed-out" you'll appreciate this rarity which many foreigners often pass over!

Proceeds from ticket sales will be go to support children orphaned in the 3.11 disasters


10:00 AM to 06:00 PM


Buddhist temple
Kyonan, Japan

Special instructions

Meet at Yokohama Station, just outside the West Exit, 10am

Wear comfortable, old shoes & dress in layers since the mountain top & boat ride can get chilly.