The Udono Sekibutsu are images of Buddha that were carved into the stone walls of a cave located in Karatsu City Saga Pref. According to the ancient record of Byodoji Temple, which used to be located inside the cave, Kobo Daishi Kukai visited this place on his way from China back to Kyoto in 806. Deeply impressed by the holy atmosphere of this place, Kukai carved the three images of Mida, Shakanyorai (Gautama Buddha), and Kannon in the central part of the wall. The images Kukai carved do not remain now; however, there are about 60 images of Buddha such as the Eleven Headed Kannon, Tamonten, and Jikokuten. These three images are considered to have been made in around the Nanbokucho period (1336-1392), and others up to the Edo period. Each image of Buddha shows powerful expression on its face, which reminds us of the flourishing Buddhism culture at the time.
- Ohchi, Ohchi-cho, Karatsu, Saga Prefecture, 849-3201
- The Udono Sekibutsu