Visit Kanmangafuchi Abyss

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Kanmangafuchi is known for its row of about 70 stone statues of Jizo, a Bodhisattva who cares for the deceased.

This particular group of Jizo statues is alternately called “Bake Jizo” (Ghost Jizo), “Narabi Jizo” (Jizo in a line) or “Hyaku Jizo” (100 Jizo).

In Japan, the colour red is associated closely with a few deities in Shinto and Buddhist traditions, and statues of these deities are often decked in red clothing or painted red.


These particular statues are Jizō – the guardian of travellers, the hell realm, children, and motherhood.

Everywhere in Japan, at busy crossroads, at roadsides, in graveyards, in temples, and along hiking trails, you can find statues of Jizō Bosatsu.

They are often decked out in clothing, wearing a red or white cap and bib, protected by scarfs, or piled high with stones offered by bereaved parents.

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