◆◆◆ North-Kiyotaki in Ukyo-ku ( north-west ) 右京区・清滝 ・京都北西
*●*●* Waterfall of Kuuya 空也の滝 *●*●*
** Introduction : This waterfall is located at the foot of Mt. Atago in the north of Kiyotaki Village in Tsukinowa-cho. The entrance path leading to the waterfall is right next to the hiking route to Tsukinowa temple. This place is known to be the training ground of Kuuya Shonin. The practice of Takigyo in this place is still passed on to present. The length of this waterfall is about 12 meters in height being one of the largest waterfalls in Kyoto.
Kuuya Shonin ( Saint Kuuya ) : Kuuya ( 903-972 ) is a priest of mid-Heian period. He is known to be a pioneer of Jodo sect of Buddhism in Japan as well as being a founder of Kosho Nenbutsu ( Oral style of chanting Buddhist prayer ). Kuya taught that birth in the Pure Land, or Western Paradise, of the Amida Buddha could be achieved simply through faith and the recitation of the nembutsu, or name of Amida. Kūya took images with him on his travels and added musical rhythm and dance to his prayers, known as odori nembutsu. Summerized from ( wikipedia )
空也は、平安時代中期の僧。阿弥陀聖、市聖、市上人と称される。口称念仏の祖、民間における浄土教の先駆者と評価される。 俗に天台宗空也派と称する一派において祖と仰がれるが、空也自身は複数宗派と関わりを持つ超宗派的立場を保ち、没後も空也の法統を直接伝える宗派は組織されなかった。 ウィキペディア
Kakigyo is an ascetic practice of monks by sitting under a waterfall. it is a form of their meditation to purify their souls by washing themselves with the water running down overhead.
空也の滝（くうやのたき）は、京都市右京区清滝月ノ輪町の愛宕山麓にある滝。平安時代中期の僧空也（903年頃 - 972年）が修行したとの伝がある滝である。現在も滝行が行われる修験の地である。
Those small statues coming out of his mouth on a string are representing prayer of Namuami Dabustu. 口から出た小さな仏様はそれぞれ「南無阿弥陀仏」を表しています。
Dancing Nenbutsu of Kuuya is recreated and performed at Kuuya-do Temple in Gion District.
** Simple introduction of Jōdo Buddhism in Japan
Jōdo Shinshū ( written in 浄土真宗 "True Pure Land School"), also known as Shin Buddhism, is a school of Pure Land Buddhism. It was founded by the former Tendai Japanese monk Shinran. Shin Buddhism is considered the most widely practiced branch of Buddhism in Japan, with 20% of the population of Japan identifying as members of the sect. Shinran in persuit of truih in his teachings of Jōdo were completed by the enlightment of Honen.
Hōnen 法然 (1133 – 1212) is the religious reformer and founder of the first independent branch of Jōdo-shū 浄土宗, "The Pure Land School". He is also considered the Seventh Jōdo Shinshū Patriarch. Later on, Honen undertook the teaching of rebirth in the pure land of Amitābha through nianfo or "recitation of the Buddha's name".
親鸞は、鎌倉時代前半から中期にかけての日本の僧。浄土真宗の宗祖とされる。 法然を師と仰いでからの生涯に渡り、「法然によって明らかにされた浄土往生を説く真実の教え」を継承し、さらに高めて行く事に力を注いだ。自らが開宗する意志は無かったと考えられる。 ウィキペディア
Web-link : Pure Land Buddhism 浄土真宗 http://www.jodo.org/
** Access to Waterfall of Kuuya
Go north from the side of the entrance of Atago hiking or you can continue your way on from Takao. You just simply head to Tsukinowa Temple along Tokaido Natural Walking Path. There is a direction guide posted at this point where the paths are divided. ( This is Kitayama 93 of Kyoto Circuit Trail )
See the what is written on the side of the shack on this photo. It says " This is the way to Tsukinowa temple ". It is a leading path to a hiking trail to Mt. Atago. According to the guide on Mt. Atago hiking this is where you come down the mountain. The entrance to the waterfall is on its left. This spot is called Osugi-tani Split 大杉谷川合流地点
It is written in a classic character of 空也瀧. Go up on a winding path leading to Hachidai Ryu-oh Shrine. The shrine is in charge of this area.
Here is the shrine. After passing the torii gate keep going straight between houses all the way to the top until you get to its 2nd red torii gate.
Here you are. The place is surrounded by tall rocks all around on the top of a short hiking. The stunning sight after the torii gate. The place looks like a sacred stage made of rocks up on a hill with light shining in from the top. The enclosure of this space creates special sound effect which makes the sound of waterfall echoe through the entire space while it is splashing itselt into shining spray of water in the air.
After the visit just come back to the same spot and check yourself in the map again. ( This is Kitayama 93 )
▼ 空也の滝 Kuya-no-taki waterfall
** Waterfall of Kuuya by Jeffrey Friedl
Web-link : http://regex.info/blog/2015-03-03/2532
The total walking distance to Waterfall of Kuuya is about 2.5km from Kiyotaki Bus stop.
Waterfall of Kuuya is about 300 meters from Osugi-tani Split 大杉谷川合流地点 )
Distance Indication map-link : http://dr3104.michikusa.jp/photo/kyoto_kuyanotaki.html
( Trail Information Guide is here ) Web-link : http://www.yamareco.com/modules/yamareco/detail-84737.html
2-b. Takao-Kiyotaki Hiking Trail 高雄ー清滝ハイキングトレイル
3. Kiyotaki Area Guide 清滝エリアガイド
3-b. Mt. Atago Hiking 愛宕山ハイキング
Editor ( Translation & Research ) : Masayuki Iwasa ( Massy )
Album-link ( Google+ ) : TGM Site Inspection ( Waterfall of Kuuya )
Album-link ( Google+ ) : TGM Activity ( May 22nd 2016 )
Link ( Google map ) : 360 degrres photo image ( by Eriko )
Album-link ( Google+ ) : TGM Activity July 17th 2016
Album-link ( Google+ ) : TGM Activity Aug 26th 2016