Sometime in 2007 I took a short trip outside of Osaka city to visit one of architect Tadao Ando’s works, The Church of Light, at Ibaraki Kasugaoka Church in Ibaraki. It’s less than one hour from Osaka station, so it’s an easy day trip.
The inside of the main chapel is striking with the cross-shaped cutout in the back wall that illuminates the hall in natural light. The rest of the building is bare concrete walls that is frankly cold and utilitarian.
When I visited in 2007 the church happened to be having a market. I do not know if they still hold this or how often so your mileage may vary. Try contacting the church via their official website listed below if you are interested.
- Church of the Light [Wikipedia]
- Ibaraki Kasugaoka Church [TripAdvisor]
- Google Map from Osaka Station, less than 40 min. [Google Map]
- Self-taught Architect, Tadao Ando [Wikipedia]
If your’e in Osaka and looking for something a bit off the usual tourist path, make a reservation to visit Church of the Light! Might be fun!