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【2019 Oct. OMOTENASHI】 Usuki Stone Buddha (National Treasure) & Castle Town Bus Tour ~ Exploring the Undiscovered Stone Buddha Village and Footpaths~

    14,000yen Seats available

Tour Dates: October 1(TUE)/3(THU)/4(FRI)/6(SUN)

Itinerary

Beppu Station West Exit (8:00) — Oita Kanamemachi Bus Terminal(8:40) — Usuki Stone Buddha and Footpaths — Usuki Castle Town — Oita Kanamemachi Bus Terminal(15:50) – Beppu Station West Exit (16:30)

Photo taken at the Buddhist ceremony in the Usuki Stone Buddha

6 reasons to choose Usuki Stone Buddha & Castle Town Bus Tour

・National treasure Usuki Stone Buddha and the Buddhist ceremony
・Footpath experience in the Stone Buddha village
・Local cuisine lunch
・The old castle town with cultural experiences at local temples and breweries
・A papier-mâché Daruma charm and Buddhist temple scarlet seals as a small gift
・English speaking tour leader and local guide(s)

Price  14,000 JPY (incl. tax)

 

Would you like to travel back in time to ancient Japan? William Adams, a British navigator, was the first of his nation to set foot in Japan, alighted here in Usuki in 1600, possibly being the first western samurai. Usuki located in the east coast of Oita Prefecture, Kyushu the southwest of Japan’s main islands, is famous for the National Treasure Stone Buddha and the old castle town. While 61 statues have been designated as National Treasure, the town took shape approximately 450 years ago and has preserved well. You will be given unforgettable experiences of feeling calm by the atmosphere in Usuki such as praying Buddha led by the priests, walking in the peaceful and beautiful village, stopping by the quiet and elegant temples, strolling around in the aesthetically spectacular samurai neighborhood, tasting sake with a little tipple and the finest rice incense in the traditional-style white-walled storehouses, and touching the texture of papier-mâché of a lucky Daruma charm.

National Treasure Usuki Stone Buddha and the Buddhist Ceremony

Experience Calm! The tour will allow you to pray for good luck and peace led by the local priests.

The Usuki Stone Buddha is a set of beautiful images carved from hardened volcanic ash and molten rock erupted from Mt. Aso approximately 90,000 years ago. They have gained international recognition as cultural heritage in light of the numbers of figures, their beauty, and remarkable carving techniques. The study has revealed that they were created in late 12c – early 14c, but so much still remains a mystery – even who created them and for what purpose. While Buddhist ceremony is normally conducted only three times per year (in January, May, and September), it will be specially delivered by the local monks in order for the tour participants to obtain Japanese cultural experience as well as pray for good luck and peace.
 https://sekibutsu.com/english

Footpath Experience in the Stone Buddha Village

Experience Calm! The tour will let you escape to a peaceful and beautiful heaven of the stone Buddha village.

Originated from the right-of-way on the public footpaths in UK, Usuki has developed some footpath courses as new resources for local vitalization. Footpath is a type of walking trail that is intended for pedestrians to enjoy rambling from forests, to farmland, to old town, with spectacular untouched scenery in the countryside. This is a 2.5km (=1.6 mile) circular walk around the Stone Buddha village including the Stone Buddha images and the Buddhist ceremony. The route is mostly level, with some hills between the Stone Buddha clusters. In October there will be a fabulous display of golden waves (i.e. rice paddies full of ripe heads of rice), Lycoris radiata and Cosmos. Allow 3 hours including lunch on the way. Please bring comfortable clothes and shoes, water, hat and rain gear (if it rains).

Local cuisine lunch

Local cuisine set meal is served for lunch at Kyozen Usami. Vegetarian meals can be accommodated if they are booked in advance. Refunds will not be issued even if the lunch is not eaten. Please pay for drinks and additional orders separately. Payment by cash or credit card is accepted.

~Usuki Stone Buddha Village Lunch Special ~

・Dango-jiru: Flat noodles in miso soup with vegetables, a local speciality in Oita prefecture. ・Seasonal Sushi ・Chadai-zushi: USUKI’s local sushi ・Chicken Tempura ・Sesame Tofu ・Kirasumameshi: okara mixed with marinated fish ・Chawanmushi: steamed egg custard with seasonal ingredients ・Dessert

The Old Castle Town

Experience Calm! The tour will explore the old castle town including: (left) historical paths – You may have the chance to meet a samurai?! (centre) local sake tastings in the 150-year building (right) temple visits, with a temple scarlet seal given

The old castle town is located in the heart of Usuki city, characterized by its stone paved alleys lined by traditional buildings. You will be immersed in the enchanting authentic atmosphere by seeing vestiges of the former castle town such as samurai neighborhood, tall stone walls, bright and white walls, and historical temples. The tour allows you to know traditional architecture and people’s way of living as well as local cultural experiences. You will receive a temple scarlet seal, which includes the name of the temple in scarlet ink and the principal object of worship written in black ink that can be collected as a sign of visiting. The tour will end with sake tastings in long-established local breweries, for Usuki is famous for its brewing industry such as sake, shochu (distilled liquor), and fruit wine.

A papier-mâché Daruma charm

A lucky charm of papier-mâché Daruma will be taken home with you as a souvenir of your trip to Usuki. It is one of the praiseworthy traditional crafts, originally designed and hand made by an artisan of Bungo Shichifuku Daruma, with her whole heart and wished for your happiness.

English-speaking local guides throughout the tour.

Please check out the movie
http://usuki.love/#modal3
produced by the Usuki City, letting Usuki people express a warm welcome to you.

NOTE

We would be extremely grateful if all tour participants could spend a few minutes completing a post-tour questionnaire. Arrival time may vary due to traffic conditions. Please plan to arrive the day before the tour and provide us with your accommodation information at the time of booking accordingly.

 

INFORMATION

Period 1 October, 2019~21 October, 2019
Area USUKI Oita
Access Coach Charter(or TAXI)
Price 14,000yen
Included in price Transfer, Lunch, guide, Usuki stone buddhas entry fee , tax
Contact Planning Campany : Tourism OITA
Opening Hour 9:00-17:00 weekday(Mon-Fri)
TEL:097-574-4126
The required time About 8 hours
Target age 12 to 90 years old
Minimum number of people 1
Maximum number of people 30
Meeting place Beppu Station west exit 7:50【map
OITA STATION KANAME-MACHI BUS TERMINAL 8:30【map
Meeting time Beppu station west side 7:50
Oita station Kanamemachi Bus terminal 8:30
URL https://en.t-oita.jp/
Parking None
Holding on rainy days Hold
Advance reservation necessary
Reservation acceptance period 1days in advance
Cancellation policy Please contact us as soon as possible , when you cancel the tour

cancellation policy

before 10-8days :20%
before 7-2days :30%
day befor the tour: 40%
on the day ( before departure ): 50%
No contact (after departure):100%
Other notes ■ Capacity : Max30people (minimum number of participants: 2 people)
■ Bus company: Oita-Kotsu, Oita-Bus, or Kamenoi-Bus, or Taxi company
■Arriving time might be changed due to traffic.
■holding tour, when light rain.
■ What to bring: Comfortable clothes and shoes, water , hat, rain gear
■ All ages will have the same price.
■ Not included in the travel fee: transportation fee till meeting point , parking fee, other personal expenses

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