Located on the rough slopes of Mt. Iwawaki at an elevation of 500 meters, the temple is surrounded on all sides by groves of massive, 400-year-old cedars. The name Iwawaki or "bubbling stones" is said to come from the massive, rocky mountain, which looks as if it is boiling over. It is also renowned as a holy site for Mt. Katsuragi asceticism. The temple itself is said to have been established by legendary mystic En no Ozunu at the order of the 42nd Emperor. Although it began as a Tendai Buddhist temple, Iwawakiji transformed into a Yuzu Nembutsu sect temple in the Meiji era. The temple features a Tahoto tower (an Important Cultural Property) or "tower of many treasures" that was erected in the Warring States period of Japan's history. It also houses the temple's principal object of worship, a statue of the Dainichi Nyorai Buddha seated in the heavenly realm (an Important Cultural Property). The temple grounds are rich in natural beauty as well, with flowering begonias (best around September 1st - 15th) and rhododendrons alongside seasonal mountain wildflowers.
address3824 Kagata, Kawachinagano-shi, Osaka, 586-0071
transportRoughly a 90-minute walk from the Kono bus stop; board a Nankai Bus from Mikkaichicho Station on the Nankai Koya Line