Takkoku no iwaya, Iwate

The grotto where “Takkoku no Iwaya Bishamondo Temple” is built is said to be the place where Emishi (northerners) such as Akuro-O had been holding a fort that once was repeating rough behavior in this place. In 801, Commander SAKANOUE no Tamuramaro, who has ordered by Emperor Kanmu, went to this place as the Generalissimo for the Subjugation of Barbarians (Seii Taishogun) and broke Emishi at the end of the fierce battle. SAKANOUE no Tamuramaro was the man who built the Kiyomizudera Temple in Kyoto. SAKANOUE no Tamuramaro who felt “Victory is thanks to Bishamonten (Vaisravana)” built monastery that imitated ‘Kiyomizu no Butai’ (the stage of Kiyomizu) in this grotto. And he dedicated 108 Bishamonten statues and made it prayer place to quell the country.


The Bishamondo Temple of Takkoku no Iwaya whichi located in Hiraizumi, Iwate, is a historical and well-known temple founded approximately 1200 years ago. The Bishamondo where it was built to stick to the surface of rock is characteristic.
Reproduction, economic fortune, cut connections, etc. It is a sacred place for a person wishing to change the status quo.



Takkoku-no-iwaya has been built imitating the Kiyomizudera Temple by Sakanoue Tamuramaro in year 801 of the Christian era.



It is located on the prefectural road along of Hiraizumi where the idyllic countryside is spread.
The building reminiscent of Kiyomizudera Temple will immediately appears when you go through the front approach. This is the Bishamondo, you would stopped without thinking.



This Bishamondo Temple of Takkoku no Iwaya has worshiped Bishamonten (God of Success) of 108 at first, but it suffered from a fire repeatedly, the Bishamonten at the time does not stay unfortunately. The current temple was rebuilt in 1961 in the fifth generation. There are 30 of the Bishamonten of various times in the temple now.



The Ganmen daibutsu on rock surface that was carved by Minamoto no Yoshiie appeared upon exiting the Bishamondo. The precincts is not very large, but there are a lot of things to hit travelers in mind like the Bentendo and the temple derived from Aterui.
Some people said “there is a spectacular than Chusonji of world heritage”. When you came to tourism Hiraizumi, it is one of the spots that you should visit.




Name:Takkoku no iwaya
Adresse:Hiraizumikitasawa16, Hraizumi-cho, Nishiiwai-gun, Iwate 029-4102
Access:JR Tohoku-honsen Line “Hiraizumi-eki Station” (10 minutes by car)
Tel:(+81) 191-46-4931
Price/Charge:300 yen (Adult)
100 yen (High School Students or Under)
Please refer the official web page.
Official site:http://www.iwayabetto.com/

日本, 〒029-4102 岩手県西磐井郡平泉町平泉北沢16 達谷西光寺本坊

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