Day Trips from Osaka: Church of the Light

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.

Ibaraki Kasugaoka Church, Church of the Light

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.

Organ at Church of the Light
Ibaraki Kasugaoka Church, not much from the outside

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 market that happened to be on during my visit in 2007

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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!

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