The temple in the rock has high halls across the cave
Once a fort in a sandstone cave, local Emishi rebels defended their independence here from Kyoto until defeated by the warlord Tamuramaro no Sakanoue. To commemorate his victory in 806, he built the Bishamon Hall high across the cave, similar to his Kiyomizudera in the former capital, Kyoto. The hall was burned down several times and was last rebuilt about 50 years ago. Red torii gates are to protect the precinct that also has a Benten Hall on a pond island, a Fudou Hall, Bell Tower, and Main Hall. The head of Buddha is carved on the cliff besides the Benten Hall.