Giant temple in mountains of Japan can be one among its most impressive tapioca bubble tea cafes

Japan’s countryside continues to surprise us. Now, we’ve uncovered an enormous – and we mean giant – temple within the Japanese countryside. Bukkosan Hosuiji Temple stands just a number of minutes’ drive from the recent springs town of Ikaho Onsen in rural Gunma Prefecture.

▼ This comfortable sign welcomes you to the sprawling temple grounds.

Bukkosan Hosuiji Temple acts because the Japanese headquarters of the Bukkosan Buddhist sect and was only just accomplished in 2018. When our Japanese-language reporter Masanuki Sunakoma went to see what all of the hubbub was, he found the grounds to be so huge that it was inconceivable to capture in a single camera frame. They usually’ve got bubble tea (more on that later).

▼ He was in a position to capture this shiny, comfortable Buddha, though.

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The vastness of even the steps – which could easily fit 15 people across – reminded Masanuki of a movie set. But on the long path as much as the important temple, there have been interesting statues with friendly faces to maintain him entertained.

▼ Consider them as very still cheerleaders encouraging you to get to the highest.

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When he got to the highest of the steps, he turned around and saw an incredible view of Gunma’s sprawling and mountainous countryside.

▼ If this doesn’t refresh you, then we don’t know what is going to.

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Masanuki turned around to face the important temple and was stunned over again. If we hadn’t told you he’s in rural Japan, you would possibly have thought that you just were smack dab in the midst of a Taiwanese Buddhist temple.

▼ The architecture, the form of the roof…is that this really Gunma?

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An elaborate stone sculpture at the bottom of the important temple depicts Buddhist saints and celestial beings listening to the sermons of the Buddha. Here is a picture of Shakyamuni Buddha, standing at seven meters tall and making a solemn mood befitting a temple.

▼ Imagine how long that will need to have taken to sculpt.

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Masanuki eventually went to take part in the custom of getting his omikuji “fortune”, on which a mysterious scripture was written.

▼ He wasn’t quite sure what to make of it, however it probably means he now has the ability of a god, or something.

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And at last, the bubble tea. Together with tapioca bubble tea for 500 yen (US$4.78) a pop, the temple’s cafe offers a choice of popular Taiwanese dishes like chimaki (a steamed rice dumpling wrapped in bamboo leaves).

▼ It’s like taking a global trip but domestically! A welcome experience when considering the state of the world this 12 months.

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Probably the perfect a part of the experience? There’s no fee for entering the temple grounds. Meaning in case you ever make a visit to Ikaho Onsen and have a sudden craving for tapioca bubble tea, Taiwanese food, or enlightenment, all you might want to do is drive a number of minutes out of the best way.

Temple information

Bukkosan Hosuiji Temple / 佛光山法水寺

Address: Gunma-ken, Shibukawa-shi, Ikaho-cho, Ikaho 637-43

群馬県渋川市伊香保町伊香保637-43

Open: 9 a.m.-5 p.m. (April-November), 9 a.m.-4 p.m. (December-March)

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