Nagaoka Ancient Cave Tombs

On our way to Nikko, we drove past these caves, but did not have the time, or possibility to stop and investigate.

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It looked interesting, but Google and Lonely Planet couldn’t help us. Took me some time to dig out the info about this place. Constructed sometime in the early 7th century, the 52 tombs all face south, and all contain a statue of Kannon, goddess of Mercy.

Next to the tombs is a small shrine
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All tombs are hewn out of the rock, complete with their statues and at times drains and stairs
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Check out the photo album for some more pictures.

I love discoveries of this kind, things most tourist don’t know about, and unless you drive past you wouldn’t find.

If you ever go that way, the address is:
373,Nagaoka-cho, Utsunomiya-Shi, Tochigi-ken

*R*

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