Mount Takao’s Religious Statues

Eyes gazing down on you from every angle

By Steve Morton    - 1 min read

Even before reaching the entrance to Mount Takao`s holy Yakuo-in Temple, you will already have noticed the endless rows of religious statues lining this mountain's long and winding slopes.

Starting from the beginning of the hiking trail, located next to the cable car station and leading all the way to the summit and beyond, you will encounter an endless array of various figures peering down at you from all angles.

Whilst many of these statues look friendly, there are also some scary looking figures of ‘Tengu’ (long nosed goblins), which are said to chastise evil doers but protect the good

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Yokohama based content creator, editor and researcher. Steven likes, eating, reading and traveling on a streamlined budget guaranteed to make any self-respecting local gulp. When not too busy with work assignments, Steven attempts to not get lost while following Japanese tourist maps.I can be followed on  or connect!