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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