At Mt. Mitoku, the relationship between man and nature through faith still remains, and the lifestyle and culture which protected the area lives on today. The cultural scenery of this relationship has transcended time and can be felt within the confines of a faith that focuses on "harmony between man and nature". The ascetic trail intertwining through steep terrain to lead to National Treasure Nageiredo uses a single path, which in turn has not affected the surrounding nature of the virgin forest with Japanese beeches. Manmade structures were also built to blend in and utilize the natural terrain. For over a millennium, led by both Shintoism and Buddhism, the unique natural environment and scenery of balance with nature continues to leave deep impressions to all who visit Mt. Mitoku today.
Town Designated Tangible Cultural Property
Transcribed sutras stored at Noukyo-do Hall, an Important Cultural Property. It was taken out during repairs in the Taisho Period. The years 1355 - 1384 are recorded in the sutras, and out of the one hundred and several dozens owned, eleven sutras have been designated by the town as Tangible Cultural Properties.
As Mt. Mitoku has kept transcribed sutras brought all the way from Kyushu and incorporated practices such as mixing sumi ink with blood, it displays an astounding level of faith.
Wooden Standing Statue of Sho Kannon
Nationally Important Cultural Property
This is the chief object of worship at Kannon-do Hall located along the ascetic trail from Hon-do Hall of Sanbutsu-ji Temple to Nageiredo Hall. It is 167cm tall and is made from one piece of hinoki (Japanese cypress) wood. It is not colored and both of its hands were replaced at a later date. According to folklore, this is an eleven-headed Kannon, however, the additional heads of the transformed Buddha are missing. Based on its intricate features, it is presumed that the statue was made at the end of Heian Period.