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Saturday, July 30, 2011

Rakanji Temple in Oita Prefecture

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Rakanji Temple in Nakatsu City, Oita Prefecture, is one of Oita's grandest temples. Rakanji Temple is a mountain temple built into the towering cliffs of Mt. Rakan. Rakanji dates from the 13th century and is famous for its several caves and its over 3,700 stone buddhas. A chairlift (or stone stairs for the hale and hearty) takes you from the entrance to the premises up to Rakanji itself, and then on to the top of the mountain for a panoramic view of the the surrounding peaks and valleys.

Read more about Oita Prefecture on Japan's southern island of Kyushu.

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