We noticed that you're using an unsupported browser. The TripAdvisor website may not display properly.We support the following browsers:
Windows: Internet Explorer, Mozilla Firefox, Google Chrome. Mac: Safari.

Oya temple

1198 Oyamachi, Utsunomiya 321-0345, Tochigi Prefecture
+81 28-652-0128
Website
Save
Review Highlights
Extremely cheap entrance fee

Beside being able to see a big statue built thousands years ago, a few huge Buddha crafted on the... read more

Reviewed 11 October 2017
Shantylee827
,
Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
via mobile
One of the oldest and most important temples in Tochigi

It was built on a site that has been continuously inhabited since the Jomon era, meaning more than... read more

Reviewed 16 September 2017
2catsinJP
Read all 120 reviews
Map
Satellite
Map updates are paused. Zoom in to see updated info.
Reset zoom
Updating Map...
Overview
  • Excellent25%
  • Very good57%
  • Average15%
  • Poor1%
  • Terrible2%
Travellers talk about
“small museum” (5 reviews)
“monk” (2 reviews)
“living” (2 reviews)
Suggested Duration: < 1 hour
LOCATION
1198 Oyamachi, Utsunomiya 321-0345, Tochigi Prefecture
CONTACT
Website
+81 28-652-0128
Write a Review
Reviews (120)
Traveller rating
Traveller type
Time of year
Language

1 - 10 of 11 reviews

Reviewed 11 October 2017 via mobile

Beside being able to see a big statue built thousands years ago, a few huge Buddha crafted on the wall. (Too bad I was not allowed to take pictures. They were beautiful), enter a small museum with a mummy found ??? years ago, you can...More

Thank Shantylee827
Reviewed 16 September 2017

It was built on a site that has been continuously inhabited since the Jomon era, meaning more than 10,000 years. The temple is actually inside a cave and is surrounded by an oya stone cliff. You can hike to the top of the cliff if...More

Thank 2catsinJP
Reviewed 15 July 2017 via mobile

Oya temple is famous for its stone Buddha, sculptured on rock. The temple was founded by Kukai, a well known monk in Heian Period. So, the history of this temple can be traced back more than 1000 years. If you are interested in Buddhism or...More

1  Thank Kimitaka S
Reviewed 20 May 2017 via mobile

Small, but important temple. No photography is allowed. The temple is designated as a Special Historical Sites & Important Cultural Properties.

Thank Seok Ting C
Reviewed 11 May 2017

I have been to this place a few times while living in Tochigi prefecture. Its a nice little getaway expecially on a warm summer day. The stone mine is very cool both in temp and in design. Well worth a visit.

Thank Dale B
Reviewed 19 October 2016

Our visit here was combined with our trip to the mine. The entry fee was included in the bus fares. A small but interesting temple with small serene garden. It was very peaceful when we were there and the monks were very friendly. Not sure...More

1  Thank austranomads
Reviewed 8 August 2016

Oya temple is so close to the Oya museum that you can easily walk from the museum.I expected a huge statue carved in the rock but it cannot be seen from outside,hidden by the temple building.But the Buddha was so beautiful that worth paying the...More

1  Thank GAIDA2014
Reviewed 29 June 2016 via mobile

The Heiwa Kannon-zo (Kannon Peace Statue) was interesting because it was carved into the stone. Prior to entering this area, you are mesmerized by the entrance way which looks like you are entering a mountain passage of stone. There is a staircase to the left...More

1  Thank Shikataganai73
Reviewed 20 April 2015

I don't evaluate the big Buddha made of stone, but the old Buddha made in 9 century that is protected in the temple called Ohyaji(大谷寺). The carver may be Chines, the temple guide said. According to her description the technique seems not Japanese. Further more...More

1  Thank Takenoko_jp
Reviewed 4 April 2015

Especially wonderful to be there with small numbers of visitors this temple has the oldest stone carvings in Japan (8-9th century Kobo Daishi/Kuukai?) and a small museum with archaeological finds including some treasures from the stone age. The arrow heads were sublime!

1  Thank Tony P
Nearby
Nearby Restaurants
Oyaishi Taikenkan Shokudo
2 reviews
.02 km away
Tomotina
3 reviews
.14 km away
Oya Soba
3 reviews
.24 km away
ROCKSIDE MARKET Cafe
8 reviews
.52 km away
Nearby Attractions
Oya Stone Museum
364 reviews
.53 km away
Michi-no-Eki Utsunomiya Romantic Village
127 reviews
4.26 km away
Oya Heiwa Kannon
83 reviews
.07 km away
Questions & Answers
Get quick answers from Oya temple staff and past visitors.
Note: your question will be posted publicly on the Questions & Answers page.
Posting guidelines
Submit