Chatodera Temple, Oyama

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

By Larry Knipfing    - 1 min read

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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Born on Long Island, New York in 1958, I have spent the last 30+ years of my life living in Japan, and enjoying every minute of it! I especially love photography, and Japan is definitely one of the most beautiful places in the world to photograph! (Visit my online gallery) My other love is fiction writing and I have published quite a few books that take place in Japan. Fun stuff! You can find them at my Amazon Author's Page. In addition to my writing, I have mainly been working in the field of corporate training, and at the same time have done a lot of photography. *Kamakura, and now Yokohama (both in Kanagawa Prefecture) have been my home for almost twenty years and are perfect places for me: Hilly, situated on the water, and with amazing histories. The rest of Kanagawa is equally amazing and includes the great Hakone onsen and spa area.  *Tochigi Prefecture, with World Heritage site Nikko, is one of the most beautiful places in the world, and not far from Tokyo.  *Fukui Prefecture, located in central Japan on the coast of the Japan Sea, is brimming with classic Japanese culture and great natural beauty everywhere you look. I really look forward to sharing ALL of Japan's beauty and magic with all of you. Website: Contact me: