Explore Japanese Mountain Village. - Hattoji Furusato Village -
Hattoji Furusato Village is a site of Mountain Buddhism, where traditional farmhouses have survived. It is considered to have around 1,200 years of tradition. The village is surrounded by mountains situated in the eastern part of Okayama Prefecture, at an altitude of 400 meters, or 1310 feet. It is supposed to have had 72 priests' living quarters at its peak. Buddhism in the village prospered as much as Koya-san, the sacred place which has been playing an important role in Japanese Buddhism for 1,200 years.
Hattoji Furusato Village was listed as the first "Furusato Village", which aims at restoring and preserving old-style fine farm village scenery in Okayama, and bequeathing it to posterity. The scenery would soothe the souls of visitors who have escaped from the whirl of life in a city. The peaceful scene would be suitable for drawing and painting.
Getting here: 30 min. by Bizen City Bus from Yoshinaga Station