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Worship hall

Iwafune Shrine, Katano City, Osaka


This shrine is dedicated to the Mononobe clan's Founder of ancese Nigiyahi no Mikoto.
It is a sacred place where Nigihayahi-no-mikoto descends, with Ame no Iwafune as the object of worship.
Tokusa no Mizu no Takara Requiem is the basis of Japanese prayers, and was given to Nigihayahi by Amaterasu Omikami.


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About Iwafune Shrine

History of Iwafune Shrine.

Nature, belief in megaliths, descent of Tento deities, introduction of Buddhism, syncretisation of Shintoism and Buddhism, separation of Shintoism and Buddhism./This shrine tells the story of Japan's religious history.

The origin of the shrine

This is the memorial site where Nigihayahi no Mikoto descended by order of Amaterasu Omikami (the Great Goddess of Amaterasu). In the classics, it is called "Kawakami Ikarugamine in Kawachi Province.

Names of deities worshipped at shrines

(Amateru Kuniteruhiko Ame no Hoakari Kushitama Nigihayahi no Mikoto) (Nigihayahi no Mikoto)

Visit to the Cave

Since ancient times, it has been known as a place of practice for Shintoists and Shugen-do.The rocky grottoes formed by the numerous boulders are in some places wide caverns and in others narrow holes that a single person can barely pass through.The Amano River flows into the cave, cutting through the rocks and creating rapids, and it is said that even if you don't know any special practices, just visiting the rock caves is a good practice. The rock caves are open to visitors.In order to keep the caves as it was in the past, the following are the minimum safety measures required and visitors are asked to observe them.

1、Wearing a white robe called a gyogi, which is worn during ascetic training in Japan.(White sash)(Available at the shrine office)
2、Slippery shoes should be replaced with straw sandals. (Ibid.)
3、Age limit. (Between 10 and 75 years)
4、Not permitted after drinking.
5、Not open for viewing at night, when it rains or when the water level is high.

Tour of Iwakura・ Buddha cliffs

The traditional Japanese belief that megaliths and oddly shaped stones are the dwelling and descent of the spirit of the gods.Many of the Buddha cliffs are carved into rocks where gods are believed to dwell.


Visiting hours


Cave visits are canceled in case of rain

​Subject to change due to measures against the new coronavirus infection. Please check in advance.



9-19-1 Kisaichi, Katano City, Osaka Prefecture 576-0033

​TEL: 072-891-2125

Along Route 168
About 12 kilometers from the Hirakata/Amanogawa intersection on National Route 1
National Route 163 About 2 km from the Ikoma/Kitatawara Ohashi intersection

10 minute walk from Kintetsu Ikoma Station to Kitatahara Bus Stop

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