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Takkoku no Iwaya
Takkoku no Iwaya Takkoku no Iwaya [Historic Site]
(Hiraizumi Town)

 The temple is said to have been founded in 801 by generalissimo Sakanoue no Tamuramaro to commemorate his success in subduing disturbances among the local population, and give thanks to the protection of the buddhas. It is said that when barbarian-conquering generalissimo Sakanoue no Tamuramaro crushed local resistance to imperial rule in 801, he commissioned this temple and enshrined in it 108 statues of Bishamon (Vaisravana, protector of the north and the Buddhist law) making Takkoku no Iwaya a subsidiary to Kyoto’s famous Kuramadera temple. According to the legendary account of this battle, which was enormously influential in medieval society, the resistance leader, Akuroo, was hiding out in this cave when he was defeated by Tamuramaro. Minamoto no Yoritomo, founder of the Kamakura shogunate, prayed here on his way back to Kamakura. The temple grounds are also home to the northernmost Buddhist image carved into a rock face in Japan.
MAP Takkoku no Iwaya Cave Temple

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