KiyomizuTemple / Hanamaki, Iwate Prefecture

Sightseeing information about KiyomizuTemple / Hanamaki, Iwate Prefecture in Japan.

KiyomizuTemple (Kiyomizu-dera) / Hanamaki, Iwate Prefecture2.3

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This ancient temple, located in Hanamaki city, Iwate prefecture, is said to be dating back its origin to 807 A.D. when the shogun Sakanoue Tamuramaro enshrined a statue of Elevenfaced-Kannon-goddess, celebrating his victory over the Emishi people in this region. At its zenith before the commercial center was shifted to the Hanamaki castle town, Kiyomizu Temple and its temple town was thronged with visitors to the temple from this region and around, especially on festival days when large numbers of vendors and stalls gathered on the premises.
In 1927, a huge two-storied gate (Ro-mon) with elaborate woodcraft was built as the temple gate (San-mon). The lower storey of the gate is flanked by two Nio-zo (the statue of the Deva King the guardian god), while the upper storey displays 33 Kannon-zo (the statue of the Goddess of Mercy).
Under the cliff where the temple stands, there is a valley called Kin-un-kei (the gorge of golden clouds) where you can enjoy the glorious view with cherry blossoms in the spring and colored leaves in the autumn.
Along with the ones in Kyoto and Harima, this temple in Hanamaki is considered as one of the top three Kiyomizu Temples in Japan.

Cherry blossom season: late March to early April

Purposecherry blossom viewing,shrine/temple,autumn foliage,sightseeing
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