Located outside of central Hiraizumi, Takkoku no Iwaya (BJA) is a temple constructed partially in the rock face of a cliff. It was built and dedicated to the god of warriors in the 9th century, during the Japanese expansion northwards and the ensuing battles with the indigenous Emishi people.

A small garden with pond is located at the base of the cliff, while additional temple halls are located a short walk into the woods to the right of the cliff.

Getting there and around

Takkoku no Iwaya stands about six kilometers outside of central Hiraizumi. Outside of winter, there used to be a bus that connected Hiraizumi Station with the temple roughly once per hour; however, since the coronavirus pandemic the bus has been out of service, and there is currently no access by public transportation.

By bicycle the temple can be accessed in about 20-40 minutes from Hiraizumi Station, while a taxi ride costs around 2500 yen one way.

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