Iwafune Shrine (Katano City)
Located up the Amano River from Katano City, the object of worship enshrined here is a huge 12 meter tall, 12 meter wide boat-shaped rock.The stone was deified because they say a god of Japanese legend, Nigihayahi-no-Mikoto descended from heaven in a ship made of stone.Legend also has it that when Osaka Castle was being constructed, Kiyomasa Kato tried to carry this huge rock but failed. Other than the rock, other holy objects include four Buddhist images, including that of Dainichinyorai. Long known as an important place for the Shinto religion and Japanese mountain asceticism, there's also a cave below the giant rock. Tours are held regularly and open to the general public.
address9-19-1 Kisaichi, Katano-shi, Osaka, 576-0033
openInquiries required for cave admission
pricesInquiries required for cave admission
transportIwafune Jinjamae bus; board a Keihan Bus from Kisaichi Station on the Keihan Katano Line 10-minute walk from the Kitahara bus stop (last stop); board a Nara Kotsu Bus bound for Kitahara from Kintestsu Ikoma Station