Day 22: No.45 Iwaya-ji (岩屋寺)

Really slippy frozen slope…

The slope leading up to the Iwaya-ji is indeed steep, as the landlord of the mountain lodge Muraya said. It’s not the steepness of the slope that’s the problem, but rather the fact that it’s frozen… If there’re no handrails on both sides, it would be impossible to go up, needless to say to go down…

The main gate of No.45 Iwaya-ji

Many small Jizo welcome pilgrims

The main temple is built against the huge rock behind

The main temple of No.45 Iwaya-ji

The main temple of Iwaya-ji is built against a large rock with a bumpy hole in the middle, reminding me of Nageire-do in Tottori. Also, Taishi-do is impressive with its intricately shaped wooden structure. Iwaya-ji is so impressive that I couldn’t help but gaze at it for a while. After reciting the sutra, I still wanted to take a closer look at the temple.

You can go up and see the main temple from above

The view from the above was quite nice

Taishi-do is designated as a National Important Cultural Property

I enjoyed this solemn atmosphere

Large stone monuments that stand at the entrance of the Iwaya-ji

There’re a lot of icicles around Iwaya-ji

On the way back to Haccho-zaka Japanese inn, I went down to the river from Furuiwaya-sou, where I could see a lot of icicles. I felt lucky to see such a great nature.

The temple stamp of No.45 Iwaya-ji

Dedicated toFudo-Myoou (不動明王)
Founded byKobo-Daishi (弘法大師)
DenominationShingon-sect Busan-group (真言宗豊山派)
Mantraのうまくさんまんだ ばざらだん せんだ まかろしゃだ そわたや うん たらた かんまん
Noumakusanmanda Bazaradan Senda Makaroshada Sowataya Un Tarata Kanman
Next templeNo.46 Jyoruri-ji (29.5 Km away)
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No.45 Iwaya-ji