I came back to Sasaguri town at the end of November to enjoy the last maple tree leaves and visit one of the local famous spots: Nanzoin temple and its giant reclining Buddha.
Nanzoin is a huge temples ensemble. Everything was taken from Mount Koya (Wakayama prefecture) to Sasaguri town in 1889. It is the starting point of the Sasaguri Shikoku 88 temple pilgrim, inspired by the famous Shikoku 88 temple pilgrim. Smaller than its big brother (45km only), only 25 temples are "real temples". The other ones are just little altars lost in the wood.
Sasaguri Shikoku pilgrim can be achieved in 3 days and every year more than one million people come to do it. It is the perfect place to try a pilgrim, don't you think?
Did you know? There are a lot of Shikoku pilgrim replicas in Japan. The longest one length is 2 000 km and the shortest one only 110 meters!
After getting out of the Kido-Nanzoi-Mae station, it is very easy, you just have to go straight.
Cross the musical bridge, cross the street and you are.
My first impression? The place is huge (if you want to visit all, think about few hours.) and just like a maze. There are dozens and hundred of statues and I was confused about what to see first. I was really impressed by the number of statues, there are everywhere, all sizes, all shapes but unfortunately without explaining.
It was really the end of autumn colors. Winter is almost here and soon everything will be leaves-free, eaten by cold and sun, ground will turn from green to a brownish yellow. Winter is not the prettiest season to visit but it has it charms too that I hope to introduce.
Here are the last colored leaves.
|Forêt de bambous.|
Built in 1995 it has no history, heritage but its huge dimensions (lenght: 41 meters, height: 11 meters and more than 300 tons). It is actually the biggest bronze statue in the world. Its reclining position is pretty rare in Japan (it is more frequent in southern Asia like Thailand).
For the record, for years Nanzoin temple's monk sent money to Myanmar and Nepal. To thank them, the two countries have given some ashes of Buddha and to keep them, the statue was built.
Admission is free but if you want to visit inside the statue you have to pay a little fee.
The statue's size is impressive! I knew it was big, but I only realize its size when I arrived in front of it. Hair (?) details are gorgeous, and so are its feet ornate with gold leaves.
ust in front of the station, there is the musical bridge of Sasaguri, the one which I was talking about earlier. We can play, via a xylophone, some famous traditional Japanese songs such as Furusato. Here is what I could play... without rhythm!
Adress : 1035 Sasaguri-machi, Kasuya-gun, Fukuoka, 811-2405
Phone : 092 947 7195
Buddha price : 500 JPY
Opening hours : everyday from 9AM to 5PM.
Access from hakata station :
Ride the JR Fukuhoku Yutaka Line (to Nogata) and get off at Kido Nanzoin-mae station (18 minutes with express line, 27 minutes with local line, 370JPY)