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Kunisaki - Where Oni and Buddhas Coexist as One

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There are demons in the Kunisaki temple. Demons (oni) are usually frightening, but the one in Kunisaki brings happiness. Said to live here in a spine-chilling mountain cave, the local goblin is believed to have amazing Buddhist powers. Monks who look up and respect the demon see it as a deity representing the wisdom of Buddha. If you visit the temples and rock structures on the mountain, you’ll find many different manifestations of both demons and deities. You’ll even be able to experience the culture of praying to a demon demons. On the night of the Shujo-onie Festival, the oni is on hand to laugh, dance and drink with the visiting humans. In Kunisaki, demons and humans have long been good friends.

CULTURAL PROPERTIES

ACCESS

  • Train
    • JR Hakata Sta.(Kagoshima Main Line and Nippo Main Line) ~JR Usa Sta.(car rental)~Bungotakada city・Kunisaki city
    • JR Kokura Sta.(Nippo Main Line)~JR Usa Sta.(car rental)~Bungotakada city・Kunisaki city
    • JR Oita Sta.(Nippo Main Line)~JR Kitsuki Sta.(car rental)~Kunisaki city・Bungotakada city
  • Car
    • Higashi Kyushu Expressway Usa IC(National Road No.10)~Bungotakada city(20min)
    • Higashi Kyushu Expressway Oita agricultural park IC~Bungotakada city Tashibu(20min)
    • Higashi Kyushu Expressway Hiji IC~Oita Airport Expressway Aki IC
  • Airplane
    • Oita Airport(Kunisaki city)
    • Kitakyushu Airport~Higashi Kyushu Expressway Usa IC(National Road No.10)~Bungotakada city(20min)
    • Fukuoka Airport~Higashi Kyushu Expressway Usa IC(National Road No.10)~Bungotakada city(20min)
  • Other route
    • Oita Airport(Kunisaki city)
    • Tokuyama(Yamaguchi Prefecture・Suonada ferry)~Kunisaki city Takedazu(2 hours)

CONTACT

  • Bunkazai Division, Board of education, Bungotakada city
  • TEL:+81 978-53-5112

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Kunisaki - Where Oni and Buddhas Coexist as One

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