Oiwasan Nissekiji Temple

Art & Architecture History
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The Oiwasan Nissekiji Temple is a historic location founded in AD 725 when a monk carved a figure of Buddhist deity Fudo Myo-o into a huge rock on the Oiwa River. Since then, the temple has become a spiritual place for ascetic monks and worshipers. The temple features a large waterfall as well as figures carved into the volcanic tuff surrounding it. A winter training ritual is conducted under six waterfalls at this temple once a year on a day known as Daikan (the coldest day) on the lunar calendar. Participants are said to have their minds and bodies purified by washing away desires and passions. Anyone can enjoy this unique, spiritual event simply by renting a white robe for JPY 300. The are is also home to some outdoor hot springs that can be used to relax and warm up after the ritual.

Photograph provided by Toyama Tourism Organization

0.5 Hours
Telephone Number
Postal code
163 Oiwa, Kamiichi, Nakaniikawa District, Toyama
Method of payment
Recommended season
May, August

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5 out of 5 stars

There is a short pilgrimage walking route.
I visited 88 stone statues of Buddha.
It is a miniature for the 88 temple pilgrimage in Shikoku island.
The temple monk collected sand from all 88 temples in Shikoku island, and buried the sand under the stone Buddha statues which correspond to respective temples.
So, it has the same spiritual effect as visiting temples in Shikoku island.
It usually takes about an hour.


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