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Takkoku no Iwaya Bishamondo Hall (Takkoku Seikoji Temple)達谷窟毘沙門堂(別當 達谷西光寺)


This temple of the Tendai sect of Buddhism is located in the Hiraizumi-cho area of Nishiwai County, Iwate Prefecture. This cascade temple worships Bishamonten, which is in the Bishamondo Hall, and is a nationally designated Historic Site. In addition, it is also famous for having a torii gate, which is rare in temples. Many tourists visit to enjoy the different scenery of every season.

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place Iwate Pref. Nishiwaigunhiraizumichou Hiraizumi Kitazawa 16
phone 0191464931

Review of Takkoku no Iwaya

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Reviewed:2018/11/14 Part of the religious tapestry of Hiraizumi
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...
Reviewed:2018/08/14 A place you can rid your sorrows
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...
Reviewed:2018/06/09 Worth a visit only if you pass by
It is alright if you pass by but this is a reconstruction. There is nothing much left of the old one.



Iwate Pref. Nishiwaigunhiraizumichou Hiraizumi Kitazawa 16 [map]



[winter season] 8:00-16:30
7 days a week
[Admission fee] Adult 300 yen, junior high and high school student 100 yen
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Yes (30 spaces)
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Iwate Main Areas


A northern Tohoku prefecture promising peace and quiet, Iwate is sparsely populated, replacing people with snow-capped mountains, history-rich sites, and fields of crops that are to thank for the region's delicious local cuisine. Meander along the three-city Golden Route, where you'll visit the grand Buddhist temples of Hiraizumi and the Tono folk villages before tasting the three famed noodle dishes of Morioka.

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