Last updated: December 21, 2020
See Japan’s largest tengu mask
This temple at Mt. Kasho dates back around 850 years. It houses Japan's largest mask of a tengu, a type of red, long-nosed, supernatural goblin from Japanese folklore. The mask has a 6.5-meter face and a 2.8-meter nose.
It is customary to borrow a small mask from the temple when worshiping at Mt. Kasho, then returning it the following year and buying a new mask at the temple shop to donate back.
The temple is magnificent in autumn when the surrounding trees' foliage are at their peak between late October and mid-November.
445 Kamihotchi, Numata (Map)
About 40 minutes by bus and 1 hour walk from Numata Station
About 20 minutes by car from Numata IC of Kan-Etsu Expressway
Free, 60 cars
6:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. (6:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. in winter)
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