Takkoku no Iwaya

Takkoku no Iwaya, Hiraizumi-cho

Takkoku no Iwaya
4.5
8:00 AM - 4:30 PM
Monday
8:00 AM - 4:30 PM
Tuesday
8:00 AM - 4:30 PM
Wednesday
8:00 AM - 4:30 PM
Thursday
8:00 AM - 4:30 PM
Friday
8:00 AM - 4:30 PM
Saturday
8:00 AM - 4:30 PM
Sunday
8:00 AM - 4:30 PM
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Banda-in-Japan
Tokyo, Japan454 contributions
This temple was built to honor Bishamonten, a god of war, more than 1,200 years ago. It's a wooden structure built across a recess/cave in a cliff-face. Although this was a common structure at the time, there are few such temples left in Japan. This one has recently been restored (we also visited 10 years ago), so it's looking it's best. Be sure to look for the "great Buddha" carved onto the cliff face to the left of the temple (as you face it). On the hillside above the shrine's gate are 3 other traditional structures, that make this a pleasant place to wander and soak up the atmosphere.
Written January 31, 2014
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ちさな
東京25 contributions
Aug 2016 • Solo
A temple built in hard rock, but it's priest can have some flexible mind. The note on the bullien board says he is going to give a lecture under the title of Pokemon. The signboard says "Help us protect the holy place from the Pokemon. Catch them". I am almost tempted to stay to hear his lecture, especially after seeing its Buddha on the rock lost his body due to the earthquake. Maybe the priest is desperate enough to do anything for its recovery. The place is worth visiting.
Written August 18, 2016
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MANAS_TRADING
Japan45 contributions
May 2015 • Family
It's located between Genbi-kei and Hiraiizumi historical site.
Few people, very calm atomosphere.
Time table of public transportation is not suitable for sightseeing here.
Possible to ask a ticket counter staff to call taxi when you return if you go there by public bus.
Almost tourists seems to come by taxi or rent-a-car.
Written December 5, 2015
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Vincent v
90 contributions
Jul 2015 • Family
Some of the historybehind this place is interesting but you should be done with this within 30 minutes. Don't forget the Buddha carved in the cliff in the back!
Written July 30, 2015
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GraftonRiverguide
Grafton, Australia546 contributions
Oct 2018 • Couples
This temple does not take that long to visit with its main feature being the Buddha carved into the cliff face. Nevertheless it played an important role in the history of this area and has impressive features. We were driving so the trip some 15 minutes from Hiraizumi was not an issue but if local buses were required your time may be better spent in some of the more significant sites around Hiraizumi if your time is limited.
Written November 13, 2018
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J H
Guangzhou, China196 contributions
Aug 2018 • Couples
The quiet serene feeling you get here is something astounding. Here you cannot harm animals (including insects), consume food, or have bad feelings/thoughts (according to the pamphlet). This is a place to rid yourself of your internal suffering, even for a moment or two. The breeze makes itself present through the leaves and grass surrounding the temple. Nature rules here as well as silence. It takes some time to get here and leave, so plane accordingly and know the bus schedule.
Written August 13, 2018
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Daniel Yong
Singapore, Singapore711 contributions
Jun 2018
It is alright if you pass by but this is a reconstruction. There is nothing much left of the old one.
Written June 8, 2018
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NomDG
London, UK97 contributions
Jul 2013 • Solo
On what possible level this could be considered to be a 'cave temple', as it is usually called, I will never know. A small part of it is built on to the cliff face, and the cliff may possibly form the back wall of the temple, though memory doesn't serve me that well. A cliff is not a cave though, is it.

The temple is a 30 minute bike ride out of town - it was raining when I went but I suspect it'd be pleasant in the sunshine. Getting bikes from the place near the station (500 yen for 2 hours) allows you to store your baggage all day for free (coin lockers in the station cost 500 yen!).

That said, if I wasn't expecting something more interesting, I'd probably have thought it was quite nice, so hopefully by dispelling the myth, I am helping others to enjoy it more!
Written July 15, 2013
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rie s
Tokyo Prefecture, Japan170 contributions
May 2018 • Couples
Amazing structure, just beneath a huge rock. Built in 1200, lots of history and culture, here. For more, check hiddenjapanguide.com
Written May 13, 2018
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RolleingStone
Singapore, Singapore49 contributions
Jun 2016 • Solo
Once you've walked into the temple, admired its design, spotted the buddha face on the side of the cliff, and looked at the statues within, there's actually not all that much to do since the temple is actually quite small. Consider walking next door to the living quarters of the monks for a visit if you are waiting for the bus to take you to genbikei.
Written February 17, 2017
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