Oyama Afuri Shrine Oyama Afuri shrine was originally a part of Oyama-dera Temple but was moved to its current location during the Meiji period. The shrine is believed to have been established in the 3rd century, and still sits quietly and elegantly against the beautiful mountain backdrop.
View the Buddhist statue at Oyama-dera Temple, a symbol of Oyama
Oyama-dera Temple Oyama-dera Temple was built in 755, and has a very long venerable history. Its majestic appearance blends in beautifully with the natural mountain setting, and the scenery during the season of autumn leaves is particularly spectacular. Every year during the fall of the autumn leaves, the temple is gently illuminated in the evenings; truly magical. The statues of Fudo Myo-o (Acalanatha) and Two Attendants located in the temple are rare metal Buddhist statues and designated as an important cultural property.
Oyama has abundant supplies of timber, and from the Edo period, the region's skilled craftsmen have been turning wooden tops. In Japan, spinning tops are considered as charms to bring in good fortune, family wellbeing, business prosperity or good crops. Today, the spinning tops of Oyama are still crafted by traditional methods to achieve their characteristic rich colors and elaborate shapes, and they are a perfect souvenir choice. The approach leading to Oyama cable lined with shops is aptly named Koma Sando (Spinning Top Avenue).
Confectionery with a gentle sweet flavor
Oyama Manju Roben Since the Edo period, Oyama has attracted many worshippers and visitors all hungry for such popular sweet cakes as Taishi Manju and Afuri Mine. They are still made by the confectioners Roben, and have long been a favorite of travelers, especially after a long journey. Taishi Manju is characterized by the gentle sweetness of brown sugar, and Afuri Mine is a baked cake made with walnut, eggs, and honey. Both are perfect as souvenirs.
Togakubou Yusui Koubo The rich pure waters of Tanzawa-Oyama are the blessings of rain and spring water, and the special taste of the region's superb tofu relies on the quality of this abundant water. The Togakubou restaurant has been serving tofu kaiseki for over 400 years, and as you would expect, they are pretty good at it by now; the delicate flavor and elegant presentations, which are almost like works of art, will delight your eye and your palette. At the Togakubo Wakimizu Kobo, located just across from the restaurant, you can purchase tofu, yuba (fresh tofu skin) and soya milk as souvenirs.
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