62. Takkoku-no-Iwaya 達谷窟 was built into the rock wall of a cliff 1,200 years ago during the Heian period. The original Takkoku-no-Iwaya Bishamon Temple burned down and its original form is unknown today. The current building was reconstructed in 1961 and modeled after Kiyomizu in Kyoto. Takkoku-no-Iwaya was dedicated to the god of warriors in the 9th century during the Japanese expansion northwards and ensuing battles with the indigenous Emishi people. Officially, Takkoku-no-Iwaya is still on UNESCO’s “tentative list” as an addition to Hiraizumi sites.