Iwayasan Cave and Buddha Statues
A sacred place of great worship in the mountains of Shukunegi
There is a sacred cave in the middle of Mt Iwaya at the back of Shukunegi Village. Various Buddha statues are carved into the surface of the rock. There are eighty-eight stone statues of Buddha, imitating the eighty-eight temples of pilgrimage in Shikoku. The place is called "Iwaya-san" by locals. Worshippers stay overnight in the cave, and practise "Nemari Henro (sitting pilgrimage)" discipline, chanting mantras and pilgrimage songs while seated.
- Heritage and Relics
- 188 Shukunegi, Sado, Niigata 952-0612
- Transport Access
- Ogi Port Approx 10 by car
- Nearest bus stop
- Shukunegi Shinden（Shukunegi Line） Approx. 15 minutes on foot from bus stop
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