Today’s Obon ghost story takes us to Kanmangafuchi, a narrow gorge that’s formed by the river that runs through Nikko. The path that leads into Kanmangafuchi is lined with about 70 statues of Jizō. There used to be 100, but several washed away during a flood in 1902. They’re called Hyaku Jizō (one hundred Jizō) or Narabi Jizō (Jizō in a line). It’s said that if you count the statues while walking in opposite directions along the path, you never get the same total, no matter how often you re-count. That’s why they’re also called Bake Jizō (ghost Jizō).

El Abismo de Kanmangafuchi, Nikko, en la prefectura de Tochigi.
Garganta por la que transcurre el río Daiya.
Por el sendero puedes pasear bajo la mirada de numerosas estatuas Jizo, también conocidas como Bake-Jizo (Jizo Fantasma), por la creencia de que al contarlas, su número nunca es el mismo.

Japan Tour - Agosto del 2010

Kanmangafuchi Abyss, Nikko, in Tochigi Prefecture.
Daiya River runs through this gorge.
Walking through the forest path you will find a Jizo statues, also called Bake-Jizo (Ghost Jizo), because when these statues are counted, their number seems to change.

Japan Tour - August 2010


nikko - japan. 

last weekend, dana, edith and i stayed one night in the beautiful town of nikko. it turned out to be an absolutely beautiful weekend - nice weather and great sightseeing. we visited nikko’s most famous shrine, the toshogu shrine, saw the kegon falls and shinkyo sacred bridge. we also went for an afternoon hike to the kanmangafuchi abyss, where we saw about 70 jizo statues wearing red hats staring out onto the river.