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Takkoku no Iwaya

16 Hiraizumi Kitazawa, Nishiiwai-gun, Hiraizumi-cho 029-4102, Iwate Prefecture
+81 191-46-4931
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Interesting visit to a building built into a cliff

Once you've walked into the temple, admired its design, spotted the buddha face on the side of the... read more

Reviewed 18 February 2017
RolleingStone
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Singapore, Singapore
More Cultural History

While in Hiraizumi, this is a must visit place to see and read about the ancient times and events... read more

Reviewed 1 December 2016
Bomani
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Parksville, Canada
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  • Very good49%
  • Average12%
  • Poor1%
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1 Dec 2016
“More Cultural History”
29 Jul 2016
“Intriguing and pleasant.”
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16 Hiraizumi Kitazawa, Nishiiwai-gun, Hiraizumi-cho 029-4102, Iwate Prefecture
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+81 191-46-4931
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Reviewed 18 February 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

Thank RolleingStone
Reviewed 1 December 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 18 August 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

1  Thank ちさな
Reviewed 30 July 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 5 December 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

1  Thank MANAS_TRADING
Reviewed 31 July 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!

Thank Vincent v
Reviewed 31 January 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

1  Thank Banda-in-Japan
Reviewed 16 July 2013

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...More

Thank NomDG
Reviewed 8 July 2012

This is a beautiful spot, my favourite one in Hiraizumi, and much less crowded than the main two temples (Chuson-ji and Motsu-ji). It is located some 6 km away from the train station but can be reached by bike or bus. The temple is built...More

Thank Seasondtraveller
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