Culture

Kagura Hall
 
This is the main facility that holds the traditional performing arts of Kagura. It is showcased all around Bungo Ono at various different venues all around Bungo Ono. The dance of Kagura was said to originate in the Taiho era (701-703) when the people of the city preformed it as a thank you to the gods for feeding the town. It is used more now as a means of storytelling of the gods of the past. Many different forms of Kagura are in Bungo Ono and the Kagura Hall is the best place to find out where they will perform.
 
 
 
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Deai-Todoro Bridge
 
There are a lot of Japans biggest and Japans longest in Bungo Ono but this one is the last and might be the most impressive. First of all, Bungo Ono has the most stone bridges in all of Japan, 121 to be exact. This particular bridge has the largest arch out of all of the stone bridges in Japan. Surrounded by a river and large towering cliffs, it feels like a place that Studio Ghibli may have taken inspiration from.
 
 
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Inukai Stone Buddha
 
This stone buddha was presumably made in the Kamakura period and is revered by its great detail. A famous poet Yoshino Akiko had visited this place and dedicated one of her most famous poems to this great statue.
 
 
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Kosako Magaibutsu
Dainichi Nyoraizo
 
As with all of the stone Buddhas, this was made over 800 years ago. Representing the god of war, its menacing face is some to behold. A large statue over 3 meters will surely inflict awe into anyone who goes and sees this.
 
 
 
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Sugao Stone Buddha
 
With 5 different stone buddhas within an arm’s length reach, the beauty of the details that were put into these deities are astounding. Each stone buddha has a specific theme of which they all protect the surrounding town, going from mental health, disease, money, war, and love.
 
 
 
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Hojoji
 
Entering this old country-side temple, you immediately meet your gaze to the two protective ponds situated to the front of this temple. It seems as though the temple itself comes right out from the forest surrounding it. It is most lively in the Autumn with its Autumn Foliage light up Festival.
 
 
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Fukoji Temple
 
“Soul Taking” is the word that describes this place. Magaibutsu in English describes ‘a stone buddha carved into the face of a cliff’ which is exactly what Fukoji is. Measuring in at 12m tall, it is Japans largest Magaibutsu. Surrounding it is two caves and a place of worship in one of these caves which date back to 800 years ago. It is a must see for anyone looking to find their inner Zen in Japan. 
 
 
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Ondake Shrine
 
Located in the mountains, the entrance of this shrine takes you on a miniature hike up to the peak of Ondake Mountain. The shrine is an old relic of Bungo Ono’s past but to this day is said to protect the energy of the mountain.
 
 
 

About the area

Bungo Ono and
Sato no tabi 
 
 
The meaning behind the name “Sato no Tabi” is Journey of the Village.
It is something that we want to inspire potential travelers when coming to Bungo Ono. So, travelers who are looking for an authentic ‘in the country’experience, look no further than Bungo Ono. In Bungo Ono, you get to see all the wonders and mystifying beauty of Japans serene ecosystem as well as some of Japans most ancient traditions. 

Bungo Ono and Sato no tabi 
 
 
The meaning behind the name “Sato no Tabi” is Journey of the Village.
It is something that we want to inspire potential travelers when coming to Bungo Ono. So, travelers who are looking for an authentic ‘in the country’experience, look no further than Bungo Ono. In Bungo Ono, you get to see all the wonders and mystifying beauty of Japans serene ecosystem as well as some of Japans most ancient traditions.
 
 


 
 
Towering mountains, beautiful canyons, cliffs and magnificent waterfalls. Bungo Ono is a place where various geological wonders can be seen and as the result of the Mt. Aso eruption that occurred 90,000 years ago. In such a unique land, we have grown rice and delicious vegetables, cultivated the most shiitake mushrooms in Japan, Buddha statues carved into cliffs, and traditional dancing called Kagura.
Six JR stations connect various parts of the city and five roadside stations are full of abundant agricultural products and local craftmanship.
We here at Sato no Tabi want to take your stay and turn it into an adventure.
Stop trying to understand Japan through the cities of today; come to the cities of yesterday and soak in the history that is Japan.
 
 


7 towns in Bungoono