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Monjusen-ji Temple
Address2432 Kunisakimachi Daionji, Kunisaki City, Oita Prefecture
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The Japanese version of the proverb, "two heads are better than one," is said to originate here at this Buddhist temple, dubbed as one of the country's three locations of Manjusri, or the bodhisattva of wisdom and intellect.
Designated as a Natural Monument of Oita Prefecture, the forest spreading all across the temple premises and its surrounding region features some giant, ancient trees: 1,000 plus years old Japanese zelkova, roughly 400 years old sugi, and numerous others.
This location is also a known spot for scenic beauty for cherry blossoms in spring and foliage in autumn.
The nature-filled temple also offers workshops for zen and transcribing sutra texts. With a reservation, a Buddhist vegetarian meal can be made available as well.

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