Takkoku Cave Bisyamondo

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Takkoku Cave Bisyamondo (達谷窟毘沙門堂) is one of the great temple located in Hiraizumi. It is the part of Saikoji Temple. There is a huge cliff that is about 150m wide and 35m high and there is a huge cave in this cliff and the temple is located inside of the cave. It was established in 801 by Shogun Sakanoue no Tamuramaro when he was doing estern punitive expedition. The main tample was reconstructed in 1961 and took the traditional way of Japanese construction. It is registered as the national historic site of Japan.

Visitor's info.
There are parking and restroom.
Admission: 300 yen for Adult, 200 yen for Highschool, 100 yen for under high.
Time: 8:00 to 17:30(April), 18:00 (May to August), 17:00 (Sep. to Nov. and Feb. to Mar.), 16:30 (Dec. to Jan.)

0. at Hiraizumi Station.
1. use local bus to Takkokunoiwaya.

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Takkoku Cave Bisyamondo

Takkoku Cave Bisyamondo is one of the main tour attractions of Hiraizumi Iwate Prefecture. It was established in 801 by Sakanoue no Tamuramaro. Bisyamonten is the god of worrier and he respected and honored the god for his great victory of estern punitive expedition.

The Bishamondo stands on tall wooden supports across the opening of a cave which is 150m wide and 35m high. The natural cave has been enlarged further back into the cliff. To the south, in front of the Bishamondo is the Gamagaike with a small central island. To the west of the hall is the Ganmen Daibutsu, a large Buddha that has been caved into the cliff-face.

According to Azuma Kagami, in 1189, Minamoto no Yoritomo also visited this temple. Current Bisyamondo was reconstructed in 1961. Excavation and reserch have confirmed that pond existed in the 12th century heyday of Hiraizumi.

Because Tamura is the first Shogun of Japan and the faith of his legacy was born here, many worriers respected this temple.