Buddhist Statues at Moto-Hakone

Carved into natural rock in a bleak Hakone landscape

By Cathy Cawood   Jul 20, 2018 - 1 min read

At certain times in history travel through the landscape of Hakone was not for the faint of heart. The bleak, ashy landscape scattered with volcanic rock and steaming vents looked like hell to travelers in the area. From the Kamakura Era, Moto-Hakone became a place of Jizo statues, where travelers could pray for protection and strength on their journey. Some of the statues were carved into natural rocks.

There is a small museum with information about the area and the statues. A 20 minute trail leads from the museum along the shore of the pond. It passes under the highway and continues on the other side. There are a number of points of interest along the way, including a shrine of Rokudo Jizo Bosatsu, the Buddha who controls the six worlds to come after death.

You can reach this place either by bus from Hakone, or by car. There is a free car park in front of the museum.

Getting there

Take the Hakone-Tozan bus or the Izu-Hakone Bus bound for Hakone-machi from either Odawara Station or Hakone-Yumoto Station. Get off at Soga-kyodai-no Haka Stop or Rokudo-Jizo Stop.

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