About Iwayaji temple

About Iwayaji temple

Kaiganzan Iwayaji, the 45th of the 88 temples on the Shikoku Pilgrimage Route, is located in a sacred mountain with rich history. Its temple precinct, surrounded by towering rock cliffs and primeval forests of sawtooth oaks, has been designated as National Scenic Beauty. In addition, the Temple Hall for Kobo Daishi (“Daishi-do”) was designated as National Important Cultural Property in 2007.
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Things to see & highlights


Things to see & highlights

There are a number of things to see in the temple precinct of which only those in the know are aware, including historical structures and unique spots for worship (can be considered peculiar even among those on the topographically-diverse Shikoku Pilgrimage Route!) which have been set up by making good use of natural surroundings.
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体 験

At Iwayaji temple, various Buddhism-related lessons are available for the general public to experience.
Please feel free to make inquiries about them.
For inquiries in English, please send an e-mail to 88iwaya45@gmail.com.

Annual events

Annual events

Various events are held throughout the year at Iwayaji temple.
Goma ritual (burning of wooden sticks to ask a deity for blessings) is performed on the 28th day of every month, which is the festival day of Fudo Myo-o.
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Perpetual memorial services

Perpetual memorial services

Stone Jizoson statues containing ashes and mementoes of your loved ones stand along the approach to celebrate their memories in perpetuity.
With the passage of time, the statues become moss-grown and come to look as if to be integrated into the sacred mountain. This is a form of memorials for the deceased in which those who are considering natural burial (e.g. scattering of ashes, tree memorials) might take interest.
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Prayer/memorial services for ancestral spirits

Prayer/memorial services
for ancestral spirits

At Iwayaji,
requests for prayer/memorial services for ancestral spirits are accepted whenever the occasion arises.
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January 1 (Wed.) 20200:00 -New Year’s Day service
February 3 (Mon.) 202010:00 -Setsubun Festival/Star Festival
March 21 (Sat.) 202010:30 -Spring reception for temple visitors
April 13 (Mon.) 202011:00 -Kobo Daishi Festival
April 30 (Thu.) 2020-:-Buddha’s Birthday
(Flower Festival)
May 5 (Tue.) 202010:30 -Children’s Festival
October 27 (Sun.)10:30 -Autumn reception for temple visitors
December 31 (Tue.)23:30 -Bells on New Year’s Eve

*The 28th day of each month is the festival day of Fudo Myo-o, to which the Main Temple Hall of Iwayaji temple is dedicated. Every month, Goma ritual is performed on the day.
*Date & Time for the above events are subject to change. Any changes will be announced on this website.