Hōraijima (蓬莱島ほうらいじま) was a place where yōkai and humans lived together in peace, resulting in many hanyō children. Since hanyō were unaccepted by the world, a time barrier was put up to separate them from those who would shun them.


Every fifty years, the barrier would weaken and the island reappear, and other yōkai would attack the island only out of disgust for the existence of the hanyō children until the barrier recovers as the island disappear again. Among them, were the Four War Gods. There was a battle, and to stop it, Lady Kanade, a priestess from the island, sealed the Four War God's powers into a jeweled box, and threw the box into the sacred Cauldron of Resonance. When she did this, her spirit was sealed into the Cauldron as well. The War Gods realized that if they threw a hanyō child into the Cauldron, they could regain their power, little by little, though they were only able to do this every fifty years, when the barrier weakened. Inuyasha and Kikyō visited the island together at one point. They were ambushed by the Four War Gods, which resulted in Inuyasha being marked by them, and Kikyō having some of her blood stolen that would be used to create a replica of her.

During the story[]

Inuyasha and his friends traveled to Hōraijima to rescue the children after Ai was able to escape. When the Cauldron of Resonance, after being damaged by Inuyasha's Kongōsōha, was completely destroyed by Sesshōmaru's Sōryūha during his battle against Kyōra, the following of the conclusion of Inuyasha's battle with the Four War Gods, the island collapsed and disappeared forever.


  • Hōrai, or Mount Penglai as it is known in Chinese mythology, was a rumored mystical land with two different origin stories. The movie depicts it based on Japanese mythology.


InuYasha the Movie 4: Fire on the Mystic Island
Hōraijima: Cauldron of Resonance  •  Mount Hōrai  •  Village
Objects: Jeweled comb box
War Gods: Gōra  •  Jūra  •  Kyōra  •  Ryūra
Weapons: Crimson Demon Fan  •  Fūjinga  •  Raijinga  •  Thunder Cannon
Miscellaneous: Kikyō clone  •  Spheres of Power
Island Natives
Hanyō: Ai  •  Asagi  •  Dai  •  Moegi  •  Roku  •  Shion
Humans: Lady Kanade
Marked by the Four War Gods
Outsiders: Inuyasha  •  Sesshōmaru