Sightseeing in Ohya Village

Quarry, Stoneware, Towering Goddess Statue, Temple

By Stacy Kurokawa    - 1 min read

Ohya is a beautiful little town in Tochigi Prefecture. Ohya and limestone are synonymous. The town is surrounded by cliffs and spectacular peaks created from limestone production, so big it was used to manufacture airplanes during WWII, and so deep that it is always chilly (bring a cardigan or jacket). Ohyaji Temple is near the quarry and unique for Japan’s oldest Buddhist figure, sculpted into the wall of a cave as well as the skeleton remains of a prehistoric man. Then, climb to the head of a towering Peace Kannon statue in Ohya Keikan-koen Park.

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Stacy Kurokawa

Stacy Kurokawa @stacy.kurokawa

It's with a love of adventure that I came to Japan to teach English in 2003. I am a mother now so I can especially recommend places to go (or not go) for those traveling with young kids.