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Chatodera Temple, Oyama

A small, interesting temple on the slopes of Mt. Oyama

People who visit Mt. Oyama usually stick to the cable car or hiking routes that bring you straight up the mountain to Oyama Dera Temple or Afuri Jinja Shrine. But there is actually a lot more in the area to see, including the small, slightly out of the way, Chato-dera (or Sato-dera) Temple. In this temple, tea ceremony masses are held 101 days after someone has died. There are also many Buddhist statues on the grounds and along the road and path leading to the temple. Some of the statues have a special marking (ki) on them indicating that they were made by secret Christians.

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