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“Not a cave.”
Review of Takkoku no Iwaya

Takkoku no Iwaya
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Reviewed 15 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 temple, though memory doesn't serve me that well. A cliff is not a cave though, is it.

The temple is a 30 minute bike ride out of town - it was raining when I went but I suspect it'd be pleasant in the sunshine. Getting bikes from the place near the station (500 yen for 2 hours) allows you to store your baggage all day for free (coin lockers in the station cost 500 yen!).

That said, if I wasn't expecting something more interesting, I'd probably have thought it was quite nice, so hopefully by dispelling the myth, I am helping others to enjoy it more!

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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 in a cave, so to speak. The surroundings are quiet and pretty.

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