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Takkoku no Iwaya

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A place you can rid your sorrows

The quiet serene feeling you get here is something astounding. Here you cannot harm animals... read more

Reviewed August 13, 2018
Shanghai Region, China
impressive and powerful place

Amazing structure, just beneath a huge rock. Built in 1200, lots of history and culture, here... read more

Reviewed May 13, 2018
rie s
Tokyo Prefecture, Japan
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Aug 13, 2018
“A place you can rid your sorrows”
May 13, 2018
“impressive and powerful place”
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16 Hiraizumi Kitazawa, Hiraizumi-cho, Nishiiwai-gun 029-4102, Iwate Prefecture
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Reviewed August 13, 2018

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...More

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Reviewed June 8, 2018 via mobile

It is alright if you pass by but this is a reconstruction. There is nothing much left of the old one.

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Reviewed May 13, 2018

Amazing structure, just beneath a huge rock. Built in 1200, lots of history and culture, here. For more, check hiddenjapanguide.com

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Reviewed February 17, 2017

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...More

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Reviewed December 1, 2016

While in Hiraizumi, this is a must visit place to see and read about the ancient times and events that led to this remarkable place being established.

Thank Bomani
Reviewed August 18, 2016 via mobile

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....More

2  Thank Explorer807573
Reviewed July 29, 2016

This Millennium old Temple as you can see from the images has used the cliff face in it construction for defence. I find this intriguing because Temples were rarely never attack in Japan only by the Anu. The local original indigious peoples and that the...More

Thank 50johno
Reviewed December 5, 2015

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...More

Reviewed July 30, 2015 via mobile

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!

2  Thank Vincent v
Reviewed January 31, 2014 via mobile

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...More

3  Thank Banda-in-Japan
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