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Historical Monument

Ao-no-domon

青の洞門

In the Edo period a Zenkai high priest who was grieved at men and horses losing their lives on the perilous road, spent 30 years carving out a tunnel with just chisel and hammer together with his masons. It is said that this tale was the basis of Kan Kikuchi’s novel “Beyond Love and Hate.” Even today, in one part of the tunnel the remaining marks of the chisel work can be seen.

LOCATION
Oita Pref. Nakatsushi Honyabakeimachisogi
PHONE
0979522211
Hours
Open 24 hours
Closed
open everyday
Fees
Free
Parking Lot
Available(80spaces)
Smoking
Not available
Wi-Fi
Available (DoSPOT Wi-Fi) * In public toilet
Estimated stay time
0-30 minutes
Updated at: April 1, 2022 Information Sources: NAVITIME JAPAN

Reviews

  • Reviewed
    2021-01-26
    Very interesting

    Ao Cave is well known thanks to the novel “Onshuno Kanatani”, written by Kikuchi Kan. The novel is based on a real story of a bonze who dug the tunnel for local people. I had expected a very... more

    Date of visit:
    2021-01
  • Reviewed
    2019-08-10
    Nature

    Enjoy nature and some histrical things around here and feed the carps for relax. Now, July 10th, it might too hot to walk aroud. In Autumn is the best season to visit. more

    Date of visit:
    2019-08
  • Reviewed
    2016-09-24
    Meanigful

    The site was around 30 minutes of drive away from the Nakatsu Station. I took the city bus and the fare was 600 yen one-way. The scenery was nice. However, the story of the cane was very... more

    Date of visit:
    2016-09
  • Reviewed
    2015-08-16
    A tunnel made by one set of hands

    It was s great story to hear about how one person created the tunnel. We saw it from a distance then drove through it. I wished we had more time to walk along the road by the river and through the... more

    Date of visit:
    2015-05
  • Reviewed
    2015-07-19
    Nice tunnel! Nice koi!

    The tunnel itself is pretty impressive considering it was hand made long ago. The koi ponds which are a part of the river near the tunnel is good as well. Pay A small fee to feed the koi! Apparently... more

    Date of visit:
    2015-07
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