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Cultural assets in town

Yamachuda Mound No. 1
There are many ancient mounds on the hillside south of Otomo Elementary School. From one of them, Yamachuda Mound No. 1, more than 600 burial accessories including beads were found. So, these mounds are considered the tombs of powerful local clans that controlled the area from the end of the 4th century to the early 5th century. The unearthed artifacts are on display at the Kagari-no-Sato museum.

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Shindo Haiji Defunct Temple and Okameishi Mound
Archaeologists say that, judging from excavated roof tiles, the ancient temple that was located at its site in Midorigaoka- cho had been built sometime in the Asuka Period (6th -7th century.). The geometry of the temple's buildings has drawn researchers' attention for its unprecedented uniqueness.

Okameishi Mound is located on a hill northwest of the temple's site. 'Kame' means a turtle and the mound is called 'Okame' because the exposed part of the stone coffin found there resembles a turtle. The coffin is surrounded by stacks of roof tiles that are the same as those found at the defunct temple's site. This witnesses strong influence of Buddhism, according to researchers.
Also, the remnants of a kiln that is believed to have been used to bake the roof tiles have been found at the foot of the hills.

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Ryusen Temple
This Shingon Sect temple, situated halfway up Mt. Dake, southeast of the city, is believed to have been built by Soga-no-Umako in 594. The Niomon gate of the temple is an important cultural asset and the garden in the precincts has been designated as a scenic spot.

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Takidani Fudomyo-Ou Temple
The temple is said to have been built by Reverend Kobo, the founder of the Buddhist Shingon Sect. Takidani Fudomyo-Ou (Acala), better known as the God of the Eyes, attracts many worshippers as one of Japan's three major Acalas. The temple is visited by many people on the day of festival on the 28th of every month with the approach to the temple lined by various stalls selling foods and souvenirs.

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Nishikori Shrine
The shrine may be seen from the Kawanishi station of the Kintetsu Railway. The lacquer-coated magnificent main temple has uniquely shaped roofs and is flanked by two subordinate shrines. These three buildings have been designated by the government as important cultural assets.

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Migukuru-mitama Shrine
Located at the foot of a hill, southwest of the Kishi station of the Kintetsu Railway, the shrine is known for its abundant green foliage that spreads uphill in the background of the main temple. The area is included in the Best 100 Greenery Scenes of Osaka.

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Nampian hermitage
The temple, located in Kannabi, was dedicated by the wife of Masashige Kusunoki to the souls of her husband and son killed in battles, according to legends. After her death, the Kusunoki family renamed the hermitage to be Kannon Temple and made it its family temple.

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Jusanju Soto
This 13-storied pagoda, about 4 meters tall, is made of granite. Since most part of the base stone has sunk into the ground on the pagoda's weight. The inscription on the pagoda for the most part is no longer legible but one may scarcely be able to read characters saying 'the 3rd year of Bumpo' (1319).

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Mejiro Fudo Gansho Temple
The temple is known for having been built by its worshippers. The principal image was directly and elaborately carved out of an 800-year-old camphor tree. The precincts are also known for beautiful ume (Japanese apricot) blossoms.

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