Icon  Jinnouji Temple


Jinnouji TempleFollowing the road to the right of the Ichi-no shrine gate at Iwashimizu Hachiman-gu, you will see Jinnouji Temple's temple gate. A temple constructed in 860 by Gyokyo, who transferred the deity of Iwashimizu Hachiman-gu, it was originally called "Noujinji, but due to concerns over the posthumous name of the Emperor it was changed to "Jinnouji". In the Bunroku era (1592-1596), Hideyoshi Toyotomi, in the task of the subjugation of Korea, made a visit to Iwashimizu Hachiman-gu and requested a Shinto priest for the advance guard of the army, but those in the shrine were afraid and did not follow the order. Hideyoshi was displeased, but the chief priest of Jinnouji Temple cleverly suggested to him that he make pilgrimage to the temple of Emperor Oujin before departing for the subjugation of Korea. This restored the mood of Hideyoshi, and he donated 200 koku to the temple. In the slightly elevated cemetery on the west side of the main temple building, the 5th generation Tatsugoro Yodoya, a wealthy merchant of the Edo period, is interred. The "Yodoyabashi" bridge in Osaka was built by Yodoya. He was a merchant of unprecedented wealth and an even greater influence than the great daimyo with 1 million koku, including a rice market about which was said "a moment of business amounts to 800,000 ryo", loans to daimyo totaling 1.5 billion ryo for the shogunate and 33 provinces in western Japan.

※Can be visited by reservation. 
[Address] 24 Yawatatakabo, Yawata City
[Phone number] 075-981-2109

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Shoboji Temple
It is located on the grounds of Yawata Shimizui, along the Higashi Kouya Highroad. As for the beginnings of this temple, in 1191, Takada Kuroudo Tadakuni of Shimizu (formerly Shimizu City of Shizuoka Prefecture) resided on this land as a Shinto offerings priest of Minamoto no Yorimoto, and he renamed it to Shinshimizu. The 3rd generation Soukyu changed it to "Shimizu" to avoid using the "shi" from Iwashimizu, and in 1326, it began full operations as a shrine building and Buddhist temple. The 11th chief priest Denyo went to give a Buddhist sermon for Emperor Go-Nara in 1547, and was appointed to build a temple by imperial order. Also, during the Keichou era (1596〜1610), the daughter of Munekiyo, Kamejyo (posthumous name = Sououin) became a concubine of Ieyasu Tokugawa. And the following story of this has been passed down to the present day. While Okamesan was washing a child, Ieyasu's procession came by. Okamesan hurriedly went into the house with the child still in the tub. Seeing this, Ieyasu was taken with her, thinking "this person can surely bear me a healthy child". Okamesan gave birth to Yoshinao, who would go on to become lord of the Owari clan. The temple's reception of the protection of this clan, and the Yawata area being exempt from land surveys and receiving the right to refuse entry to military governors was largely due to her actions. The current buildings, part of a full seven-structured temple compound, include the main temple building, abbot's chamber, Chinese-style gate, and bell tower which were reconstructed in 1630.

※Open to the public on set days. 
    Please see here for the days when it is open in 2013.→Shoboji Temple schedule for 2013 .pdf
[Address] 73 Yawata Shimizui, Yawata City
[Phone number] 075-981-0012

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icon  Zenporitsuji Temple


Zenporitsuji TempleZenporitsuji Temple is a temple of the Ritsu school of Buddhism. The kitchen, temple hall with image of Amitabha, and Nandikesvara hall are arranged around the main temple building in the center. The main temple building is said to have been built in the Kouan era (1278-1288) with the transfer of the main shrine of Iwashimizu Hachiman-gu. The temple was established in the Shouka years (1257-1258) when a private residence was given as alms by Zenpoji Miyakiyo, who was the administrator of Iwashimizu Hachiman-gu, and with the invitation of holy priest Jisso from Nara Todaiji to found it. In the Muromachi period, Michikiyo Zenpoji's daughter Yoshiko married Shogun Yoshiakira Ashikaga, becoming the mother of the 3rd shogunate Yoshimitsu. Yoshimitsu was a deep Shinto believer, and he especially revered Hachiman-gu, visiting 20 times. The following sons Yoshinori and Yoshimasa also visited frequently, and the deep connection between the shogunate family and the Zenpoji family continued. Therefore, Ritsuji Temple also gained the protection of the Ashikaga family and found great prosperity. Yoshiko contributed many of the trees with beautiful autumn colors which she liked to the Zenboritsuji Temple. It was also called by the name of "Fall Foliage Temple". Hachiman Great Bodhisattva (Sougyou Hachiman) enshrined in the main temple is said to have been enshrined in Iwashimizu Hachiman-gu until 1868 when the separation of Buddhism and Shintoism took place. The life-sized colored seated figure has a jewel in its left hand and a bishop's staff in its right hand, and is a creation of the Kamakura period.

※The grounds can be visited freely. The inside of the main temple requires a reservation.
[Address] 88-1 Yawatababa, Yawata City
[Phone Number] 075-981-0157

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Taisho-ji Temple
Built in 1918, this temple is connected to the priest Shojo Shokado. Along with Konoe Nobutada and Honami Koetsu, Shokado Shojo is one of the three famous calligraphers of the Kan'ei era, and a first-class person of culture who displayed talent in a variety of fields including painting, tea ceremony, and gardening. In the temple, Shojo's tomb is erected in the center with the tomb of Jitsujyo (Shojo's teacher) to the right and the tomb of Haginobo Joen (Shojo's pupil) to the left. The temple's name "Taisho-ji" was received from Taisho-ji temple, the family temple of the Hosokawa family which was in Kumamoto City. The framed picture of the abbot's chamber at the front of the main temple building was transferred from Kyushu along with the temple picture, and was written by Wuzhun Shifan, the greatest calligrapher of the Southern Song dynasty. The temple features a treasure hall and tea ceremony seat, the "Kan’un-ken" tea ceremony seat being one of Japan's hundred seats.

※Can be visited by reservation.
[Address] 18 Yawatabyodani, Yawata City [Phone number] 075-981-0056

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Tanden'anLong ago, it is said to have been in Kambara Town. It is now a unique temple which is known by the separate name "Rakugaki Temple". There is an enshrinement hall right in front after entering the gate called Daikokudo. This enshrinement hall's white inner walls have become solid black from the prayers scribbled upon them. It can be said that graffiti is a form of play for the human heart regardless of age, gender, or generation. Even in an excavation survey of the Heijoukyuu ruins, various graffiti was discovered upon wooden writing boards, ceramics, and other relics. Furthermore, in the 9th century in the era of Emperor Saga (809-822), satirical writings and poems criticizing the government and society called otoshibumi and rakushu were seen, and these were written anonymously and then dropped on public roads or posted on gate walls, such that they would be seen by the public. This kind of graffiti is not seen in official documents, but it shows the "true feelings" of the people and is an important clue for understanding the world of that time. The nervousness and seriousness of the people who visit Tanden'an as they hold the brush in their hands and face the white wall might also be connected to the fulfillment of a great ambition.

※Can be visited Saturday and Sunday  from 9AM to 3PM. Other days require reservations. 
[Address] 33 Yawatayoshinogaito, Yawata City  
[Phone number] 075-981-2307 

icon  Koudenji Temple


The details of Koudenji Temple's founding are unclear, but it is a Soto school Zen temple with the bodhisattva Avalokitesvara as the principle object of worship. Long ago it was at Namazu village (Fushimi District, Kyoto Prefecture), but it is said to have been moved to the present location to avoid water damage. The main temple building comes into view after ascending 20 steps of stairs. Inside, "smiling Jizo (Ksitigarbha)" is enshrined, but that gentle smile conveys a tragedy of human sacrifice. Long ago, there was a bridge over Yodogawa. However, every time there was a flood the bridge would float away, so at last a human sacrifice was made, and after that the bridge stopped floating away. The man who became this human sacrifice had a daughter, and filled with deep grief over her father's death, she became a mute person. After some time, the daughter became a nun and went on a hermitage to Yamazaki on the opposite shore in order to chant sutras to pray for her father’s happiness in the afterlife. After years had passed, one day a rotted bridge stake appeared out of the water, and the daughter who had become a nun carved the image of Jizo into it and held a memorial service. The people called this Jizo the "smiling Jizo", and people came to have faith in it grant blessings of avoiding water disasters, traffic safety, and easy childbirth.

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In 1783, one of the hakuin four heavenly kings, Shikei, established it as a place for studying the Rinzai school of Buddhism from the Myoushinji Temple. The temple was prepared with the contributions of Shuusai Asai of Nanzanyaki (1720-1800), et al. Even today many itinerant priests in pursuits of knowledge are seen. The itinerant priests studying at Enpukuji Temple go around to each of the houses of nikku religious associations to beg for rice, and twice every year--on April 20 and October 20, in spring and fall--the Man'ninkou is held as a "Kochusai Man'ninko" to which the religious associations are invited. At the Man'ninko, the "Daruma Daishi Zazou" statue (an important cultural property), which is said to be the oldest in Japan, is worshiped, and having a sacred otoki meal on red trays has been deeply believed from time immemorial to bring good fortune, ward off evil, and have miraculous effects on paralysis. In recent years, more than 10,000 visitors to the shrine have come to this Man'ninko from around the country to share in the miraculous effects.

[Address] 153 Yawatafukurokudani, Yawata City
[Phone number] 075-981-0142

icon  Sugiyamadani Fudouson


It is located at the top of the valley path on the west side of Hachiman-gu Ton-gu. Also called Tanifudo, it is trusted by the people as "Fudo which wards off evil". In the early Heian period, evil spirits appeared who inflicted damage upon people and caused them distress. By chance, Kobo Daishi (Kukai), who was making pilgrimages to various provinces, heard of this and used the power of Buddhism to seal away the evil spirits. He also piteously carved and enshrined an image of Fudo Myo-oh which would protect the people. Another theory is that Gyokyo, the Buddhist priest who transferred the deity of Hachiman to Otokoyama, established it as a local Shinto deity of Otokoyama. In the main temple hall, Fudo Myo-oh (this is Sugiyama Tanifudo's Buddhist image normally withheld from public view) sits with an expression of anger for the capitulation of the evil spirits, with one child on each side of him governing good and evil--Kongara and Seitaka. In the mountain stream which flows beside the Fudo temple is a miraculous stream waterfall (also called hikimeno waterfall), where you can hear the sound of pure water flowing in the silence.

icon  Otokoyama Yonjuhachi-bou

Up until the time before the anti-Buddhist movement at the beginning of the Meiji era (1868), Iwashimizu Hachiman-gu was a shrine which mixed Buddhism and Shintoism. In the main shrine, the chanting of sutras could be heard every day, and the shasou priests took care of all of the clerical work at the shrine. At one time there were as many as 48 monks' dwellings in Otokoyama. "Monks' dwelling" means temple, and now, the stone wall on the road to Iwashimizu Hachiman-gu and the stone lanterns lined up on the road to the Hachiman-gu main shrine recall ancient times. Theses 48 monks' dwellings did not all exist at a certain time, but in the golden age there were almost 50, with the number increasing and decreasing with fires, abolitions, etc. In an ancient illustration from the middle Edo period, "comprehensive illustration of Hachiman mountain summit and mountain base", 43 monks' dwellings can be seen, so there were apparently around 40 of them at a given time on Otokoyama. These monks' dwellings are said to have numbered 23 just before the anti-Buddhist movement at the beginning of the Meiji era. On the necks of stone lanterns can be seen engravings of "Temple Lodging ○○ Monk Dwelling". These "temple lodgings", were monks' dwellings with lodging facilities for those who had come to visit Iwashimizu Hachiman-gu from far away. The accommodation fees were apparently used for the maintenance costs of the monks' dwellings. One of the 48 monks' dwellings, Daseibo, was on the north side of the Iwashimizu Hachiman-gu main shrine. The chief priest of Daseibo, Sentei, was the biological younger brother of Oishi Kuranosuke Yoshitaka of Akou. On March 14 of 1701, the "Matsunorouka Incident", which resulted in bloodshed by Kirakouzukenosuke Yoshihisa at the hands of Asano Takuminokami, occurred. Seven days later on March 21, Oishi Yoshio wrote a letter to Daseibo, saying "I will have to eventually surrender the castle, so I would like you to search for temporary residences for 14-15 men who will become masterless samurai. If possible, I would like you to find residences around the base of Otokoyama or around Yamazaki, Yamashina, Fushimi, or Ohtsu". It is said that later, when Oishi Yoshio left the capital for Edo, he stopped by Daseibo to pray for the realization of his ambition for vengeance. Also, Kaku'un, a pupil of Sentei of Daseibo, became an adopted child of Oishi Yoshio, and later restored Daseibo after it had temporarily declined. The crest of Daseibo is said to have incorporated 2 giant comma shapes. On the north side of the Iwashimizu Hachiman-gu main shrine, the conspicuously large stone lantern of Daseibo remains.


Yawata City Tourism AssociationYawata City Tourism Association
TEL : 075-981-1141 / FAX : 075-981-1132 
8-7 Yawatatakabo, Yawata City, Kyoto Prefecture( Yawata City Tourism Information Desk)