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Okadera is located on the eastern mountains overlooking Asuka, the ancient first capital of Japan - the cradle of Japanese civilization and of Japanese Buddhism. Archeologically rich, scholars still debate the meaning and origins of the many mysterious stone tombs and shamanic carved rocks in the area that give this place a strange mystical energy. Okadera, one of the oldest temples on the route, has the feeling of a true mountain temple, snuggled into the valley and surrounded by steep slopes and forest. The principal image here is also like no other on the pilgrimage, with primitive yet powerful features it is venerated as a protector against disaster.