Ooyaji is a Buddhist temple of Tendai sect, and
is located about 7 km northwest of central Utsunomiya city.
It is sometimes called "Ooya-Kan'non".
This temple is built in a hollowed cave at the foot of a rocky cliff.
It is said that the high priest Kuukai carved a 4-meter-high statue of the Goddess of Kan'non with thousand arms on the wall of rock in 810.
And a few other statues of Buddha had been carved around the Kan'non by the 12th century.
It is said that these statues originally had been covered with brilliant gold leafs. These are the Japan's oldest statues of Buddha in the cave. (We can't take photos of them.)
The main building of temple is built in front of these statues.
In the precincts, there are a copper bell and a copper garden lantern,
which were created in the 17-18th centuries.
And there is a Japanese garden.
Out of the temple, a large statue of Kan'non stands.
It was built in 1954 for the memorial of the dead of World War II, and the height is about 27 meters.
It is commonly called "Heiwa-Kannon" (Kan'non of Peace).
Around this temple, "Ooya stone" is produced. It is light and soft, so
it has been used as a building material.
The stone of rocky cliff in Ooyaji temple is also Ooya stone.
There is "Ooya-shiryoukan (Ooya stone museum) at about 0.5 km northeast of Ooya temple, and we can see the remain of underground quarry.
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