Fudoin Iwayado Temple 不動院岩屋堂
Mysterious temple with links to Shugendo Buddhism
Fudoin Iwayado Temple is a stunning temple built into a cliff on the edge of Wakasa Town , with a hidden history.
How to Get There
Fudoin Iwayado Temple is a 10-minute drive from Wakasa Station.
An Important Cultural Property of Japan
The temple's origins are clouded with mystery, with little information about its past to be found. Its believed to be around 1,200 years old and once served as a place of ascetic training for monks. It is for this reason that it is registered as an Important Cultural Property of Japan.
An essential Buddhist divinity
Inside the temple is a statue of the Buddhist deity, Fudomyo. As one of the Five Wisdom Kings, Fudomyo is one of the most important Buddhist divinities. The statue is said to be one of three Fudomyo statues carved by the founder of Shingon Buddhism on Koyasan , Kobo Daishi (774-835).
A Shugendo place of worship
Fudomyo is considered the main deity of Shugendo, a religion that combines elements of esoteric Buddhism, Shintoism, and Shamanism. With this in mind, coupled with the fact that Fudoin Iwayado Temple has striking similarities to the Shugendo temple of Nageiredo at Mt. Mitoku , it can be surmised that this was also a Shugendo place of worship.
It is possible to view the statue twice a year, when the temple is opened to the public in special ceremonies, held on March 28 and July 28.