Map of Arts & Heritage
There are over 130 temples, shrines, historic buildings, traditional crafts, and various arts & heritage in Obama.
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Wakasa Kokubun Temple
Mt. Aoi Koujou Temple
Mt. Ueno Shouhou Temple
Wakasa Hiko Shrine Kamiyashiro
Wakasa HIme Shrine
Miketsukuni Wakasa Obama Food Museum
Wakasa History Museum
Tomiko Yamakawa Memorial Hall
Obama Town's Preservation Museum
Mackerel's Road Preservation Museum
Chopsticks Hurusato WAKASA
Wakasa Lacquer Daruma Doll
Glass Workshop KEis an
Myotsuji is said to have been built by Tamuramaro Sakanoue in Daidou Year 1 (806 AD). The main temple building, which was rebuilt in the Kamakura Era, and the 22m three-storied pagoda are both national treasures. Many visitors are filled with awe upon seeing its solemn figure, which has survived for so many long ages.
Four wooden statues - the seated Yakushinyorai (Buddha who can cure all ills), the standing Jinja Daishou (a guardian deity) the standing Gouzanzemyou'ou (conqueror of the three worlds), and the standing Fudoumyou'ou (The Immovable) - have been preserved since the late Heian Era, and are now important national treasures.
Wakasa-nuri chopsticks comprise 90% of all domestically produced lacquered chopsticks. They are rich with variation, from high-class items made by layering shells or gold and silver foil with lacquer and polishing into a beautiful design, to simpler modern designs.
There are chopstick specialty stores, and they have become one of the best known products of Obama. A "Hashi Matsuri" (chopstick festival) to celebrate chopsticks is even held every August 4th.
Obama has long had deep ties with Kyoto. In Obama, which looks out on Wakasa Bay, Kyoto culture is still deeply rooted in everyday life.
In Sanchomachi, where houses with facade lattices of evenly spaced vertical timber bars stand with their eaves together, the air is full of the sound of shamisens and Kyoto dialect echoing in the casual conversation of women passing by dressed in kimono, giving the illusion that visitors are in fact walking through the neighborhood of Gion in Kyoto. It is a charming and elegant scene indeed.
Sanchōmachi is at once refined and emotional; it has elegance and charm that draws in travelers instinctively.