牛伏洞窟

Ushibushi dōkutsu - Ushibushi Cave


Useful Information

Location: South of Takasaki.
Open: NOV to FEB daily 9-16.
MAR to OCT daily 9-17.
[2020]
Fee: free.
[2020]
Classification: SubterraneaCave Church
Light: electric.
Dimension:
Guided tours:
Photography: allowed
Accessibility: yes
Bibliography:
Address: Ushibushi dōkutsu, Tahira, Yoshii, Takasaki, Tel: +81-, Fax: +81-27-387-3111,
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History

1983 converted into a park.

Description

牛伏洞窟 (Ushibushi Cave) is a small cave located on namesake Mount Ukibushi. It is part of the 牛伏山自然公園 (Ushibushiyama Nature Park). Ushibushi means "a lying cow", because the mountain resembles that form. The park and the cave are free, but the cave is closed by a gate outside open hours.

The mountain is composed of tertiary sandstone, conglomerate, and mudstone. And while this cave is called dōkutsu or limestone cave, which normally means a karst cave, this is actually an artificial tunnel with several niches. In those niches are weird sculptures of religious, especially buddhist origin. The main sculpture is of Avalokiteśvara bodhisattva, Guanyin in Chinese, or Kannon Bosatsu in Japanese. There are numerous Kannon Caves in the area, dedicated to this