Just down the road from Atami station, Ioji is a small, pleasant modern temple, worth stopping off at on your way into town for its collection of interesting statues.
There are lots of cute, chubby little Buddha cherubs, a splendid assembly of deities by the bottom of the steps to the main hall, and a radiant golden Kannon, the Buddhist goddess of mercy, watching over everyone.
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I came to Japan from Manchester, England in summer 2003, and have travelled a lot since then, around Japan and in Asia. When I`m not working I write satire at www.iothern.blogspot.com and perform stand-up comedy in and around Tokyo. Check my youtube channel `CunningPunster` for a taste.