Kaiganzan Iwayaji Temple

Kaiganzan Iwayaji Temple, Kumakogen-cho

Kaiganzan Iwayaji Temple
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Flashpacker08
San Diego, CA141 contributions
Worth the challenging hike
May 2015 • Couples
We met a bunch of cool local Japanese henro on the way out of this temple, which made our ability to navigate the forest trail far easier without speaking any Japanese. This is a beautiful Temple, and definitely one of the more remote ones we've visited. People we met were all very friendly and willing to help us navigate.
Written July 13, 2015
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FrivolousFlyer
Toronto, Canada33 contributions
Gorgeous Rural Temple
May 2013 • Friends
Truly a phenomenal visit.

The temple is located on a hill that does require you be able to walk a reasonable distance up and use stairs. My mother joined us and didn't have an issue with this, and there were quite a few older Japanese people visiting. The hike is invigorating but not difficult.

Starting from the wooden entry gate shown in some of the other poster's pictures, you follow a paved path up through the forest. Along the way are a plethora of smaller statues, many laden with moss that is so green it seems surreal. At the top is the main temple complex, made up of several buildings.

Of note:
1. There are several bells and gongs with absolutely require ringing (for fun).
2. There is a seemingly rickety ladder you can climb to a viewing platform with a beautiful view.
3. If you look at the cliff-face above the mountainside, there appears to be a face looking down upon you.
4. Make sure to check out the ceilings of the buildings, as several have some beautiful detailing.

In my personal opinion, this temple is worth visiting if you're in the area. For a more thorough write-up and pictures, you can check out:
http://frivolousflyer.blogspot.ca/2013/07/warning-beware-mountain-crabs.html
Written July 19, 2013
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Duncan F
Matsuyama, Japan54 contributions
Stunning, but only for the fit and able bodied!
Mar 2011
Lots and lots of stairs up to the main temple, takes your breath away with the climb and again with the view once there.

There is a very steep ladder to the uppermost part of the temple which is set into the cliff in a cave. Not for the faint hearted or those with short legs.

Depending on when you go you can see some stunning colours, either Cherry Blossom in the spring or reds and oranges in the Autumn, I am fortunate to have been both seasons.

One of the most beautiful places I have ever visited. Cant wait to go back.
Written February 3, 2012
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