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Yamagata, 25 Aug.

Stone Statues of the Sixteen Arhats

Stone Statues of the Sixteen Arhats Stone Statues of the Sixteen Arhats

These images were carved from andesite volcanic rock deposited in the Sea of Japan by an eruption of Mt. Chokai. In 1864, wishing for the proliferation of Buddhism and the people’s salvation through enlightenment, Priest Kankai, the 21st head of Kaizen-ji Temple of Fukura in Yuza, called for the creation of these holy images. He directed the efforts of local masons for the five years’ time it took to complete the 22 sculptures. From mid-July to mid-August, the monument is lit up to sublime effect.

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Tokyo (Narita) to Stone Statues of the Sixteen Arhats, Yamagata

    1. Narita Airport

      1 h 5 min

      From 4,490 yen

    2. Shonai Airport

      • Bus

      35 min

      840 yen

    3. Sakada Station

      • Car

      15 min

    4. Stone Statues of the Sixteen Arhats

All listed travel times and costs are approximate.





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