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Iwafune-san Kosho-ji Temple

600 steps up to a "temple on a cliff" in Tochigi Pref.

Believe me, 600 steps is quite a climb, but worth every bit of effort in this case; Iwafune-san Temple in rural Tochigi Prefecture is one of the most unique temples I have ever visited. Why? The temple and pagoda are gorgeous, and there was mesmerizing, beautiful chanting in progress the morning of my May visit. The temple also features beautiful and unique statuary. Finally, because it is situated at the top of a cliff, the views looking up at it, and down from it, are also beautiful. Read this article by Tomoko Kamishima for historical detail.