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  • Sumiyoshi Taisha (Sumiyoshi Grand Shrine)
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    Osaka Osakashi Sumiyoshi-ku Sumiyoshi 2-9-89
    Known affectionately as “Sumiyossan,” the Sumiyoshi Taisha (Sumiyoshi Grand Shrine) is a Shinto Shrine located in the Sumiyoshi Ward of Osaka City, in Osaka Prefecture. It is the head shrine of all the Sumiyoshi shrines in Japan, of which there are around 2,300 in total. The Sumiyoshi Taisha is one of the most popular shrines in the Kinki region for the Hatsumode (the first visit to a shrine in the New Year), and it is thronged with worshippers every January. The founding of the Sumiyoshi Taisha is recorded in the Nihon Shoki (“Chronicles of Japan”), which notes that the Empress Jingu ordered the construction of the shrine to worship Sumiyoshi no Ohkami. Sumiyoshi no Ohkami (which is actually three Shinto deities in one) is renowned as the god of the sea and the god of exorcism. The four halls that make up the Hon-den (main hall) of the Sumiyoshi Taisha are built in the architectural style known as Sumiyoshi-zukuri; all four have been designated as National Treasures.

    The shrine is a short walk from a train station. A nice quiet place, without the tourist crowd. You can see the red bridge at the entrance. This place feels like a shrine. It feels real and not...

  • Tsuyu no Tenjinsha (Ohaatsu Tenjin) Shrine
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    Osaka Osakashi Kita-ku Sonezaki 2-5-4
    The Tsuyu no Tenjinsha Shrine, which is located in the middle of a bustling area of Kita Ward, Osaka City, is reputed to have been built around the year 700. The Bunraku puppet drama “Sonezaki Shinju” was written by Chikamatsu Monzaemon about a tragic double suicide that occurred within the Shrine in 1703; as the name of the heroine of this drama was Ohatsu, the Shrine is now commonly referred to as the “Ohatsu Tenjin.” The Shrine is believed to be a good place to pray for success in business, safe journeys, or a good marriage, and as result it receives a large number of worshippers every day, particularly local shopkeepers and women. A flea market is held here on the first Friday of every month, and the Shrine is famous for its annual festival held in July each year.

    梅田・新地辺りへ行く機会が減っても、何故か必ず毎年1回は通り掛かるお初天神。 通っていた短大も曽根崎心中の縁の地。 こないだまで気付きもせんかったけど。 繁華街の喧騒がふわっとなくなる空間で、結構好きなんだよね。 急に吹き抜けの広場に出た感じ。海底洞窟に急に光が差し込む空間みたいな感じ。 今は茅の輪くぐりの時期。 前も一度、この時期に通り掛かってお詣りして帰った。 あー、いっつも美人にな...

  • Naritasan Fudoson Temple
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    Osaka Neyagawashi Naritanishimachi 10-1
    A Chisan Shingon Buddhist temple in Neyagawa City, Osaka. It is a branch temple of the Naritasan Shinshoji temple in Narita, Chiba. As the principal image of worship is the Fudo-Myo-o, or Acala, this temple is called the Naritasan Fudoson. It is number 28 of the 36 Kinki Fudo Temples and was constructed in 1934. It was the first temple in Japan with dedicated prayer for traffic safety. In addition to the main temple building there is space for 100 vehicles so that they may be blessed for safe driving. Every year, for the first three days of the new year, a huge 12-meter-tall decoration is installed at the front gate made with pine trees and plum trees, welcoming approximately 700,000 visitors.

    Naritasan Fudouson in Osaka, like that in Chiba, is a very popular temple for Hatsumode, new year’s shrine (temple) visiting. I had to wait in line for a long time, but I am sure that I could get a...

  • Taiyuji Temple
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    Osaka Osakashi Kita-ku Taiyujichou 3-7
    This Koyasan Shingon sect temple is a ten-minute walk from JR Osaka Station. It was constructed by Kobo Daishi in accordance with Emperor Saga's imperial prayer in the year 821. The principal Buddhist icon, the thousand-armed Kannon-bosatsu enshrined here, was a gift from Emperor Saga. The temple was razed in both the summer campaign of the Siege of Osaka, in 1615, and in the air raids of Osaka in 1945. After the war, the temple was rebuilt with the exception of the thousand-armed Kannon-bosatsu, which had escaped the flames. Acala 'The Immovable', enshrined in the Ichigan Hall, is also referred to as the one immovable prayer, and many people come to the hall to pray for world peace. Every year, on May 28th, practitioners of Shugen-do hold a unique festival, in which a fire-offering is made.

    Taiyu-ji Temple is located not far from Subway Higashi-Umeda station. From JR Osaka station, it is also within a walking distance. Unfortunately the surrounding is now a red light district. But this...

  • Hozen-ji Temple
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    Osaka Osakashi Chuou-ku Namba 1-2-16
    Hozen-ji Temple is a Jodo (Pure Land) Buddhist temple in Osaka City that is famous for the moss-covered statue of the deity Fudo that worshippers pour water over. The Temple is said to have originally been located in Kitayama Village, Uji District, before being moved to its present site in 1637. Within the Temple, there is a statue of Nishimuki Fudo-son (Aryacanalatha) and a hall dedicated to Konpira (Kumbhira, the guardian deity of seafarers); the Temple is often filled with the scent of the incense sticks offered by worshippers. It is believed that pouring water over the moss-covered statue of Nishimuki Fudo-son can bring a wide range of benefits for the worshippers, including success in business or in love, and as a result the Temple is visited by many local shopkeepers, and by many tourists.

    This is slightly hidden but worth the find. You can go in for free. Watch others do the ritual and then you can try. You can add your own prayer for small donation. Worth the find.

  • Shitenno-ji Temple (Head Temple of the Wa School of Buddhism)
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    Osaka Osakashi Tennouji-ku Shitennouji 1-11-18
    The Shitenno-ji Temple is a Buddhist temple in Osaka City. Founded by Prince Shotoku in 593, it is the oldest officially-sanctioned Buddhist temple in Japan. The Temple is laid out in the most ancient Japanese temple architecture style, with the Chu-mon gate, Five-storeyed Pagoda, Kon-do hall and Lecture hall arranged in a straight line running north to south, encircled by a long corridor. The Temple’s stone Torii gateway is said to be the entrance to the Pure Land (also known as the Western Paradise), and is designated as an Important Cultural Property; this gateway was rebuilt in 1294. The Shitenno-ji Temple is famous for the “Doya-doya” Buddhist memorial service which is held there on January 14th every year.

    和労堂は西大門側、南休憩所は南大門側にあります。南休憩所の方が古いですが、大阪のアットホームな親近感があり、こちらの方が気に入りました。 セルフサービスの食堂があり、確か14時半頃で終わるようでした。券売機で食券を買って、厨房前で渡します。 休憩所角には甘味を販売されているコーナーがあり、大福・おはぎ・団子・赤飯・餅などが販売されていましたが、正月だったからかもしれません。 食事も甘味も非常にお手...

  • Shinganji Temple
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    Osaka Osakashi Tennouji-ku Esashimachi 2-22
    Shrine in Saishoyama Park located where Sanada Maru, a small fort of Osaka Castle, once stood. Built by the Shigeno clan, a descendent of the Sanada clan, during the Edo period as a memorial for Sanada Yukimura and his son, Daisuke. While the struggling Tokugawa clan did not allow placement of a gravestone, it was finally erected on the 400th anniversary of his death in 2014. The gate is adorned with the six coin Sanada family crest and the grounds are decorated with red banners. Gravesites for the Kyoto Mimawarigumisho (special patrol branch) and Mannaoshi Jizou statues who mend evil connections are found on the grounds.

    駐車場探しで坂道を行ったり来たりウロウロする間に真田丸をここに設けた理由の一つが分かった気がしてきた。それは地形で、坂の途中にありながら、やや高い場所にあることから守りの場所として最適であったのではとの思いがあったからです。今は多くのお寺や住宅、学校でいっぱいですが、当時は大阪城の出丸として格好の地形を選んだかと。そんな思いを巡らせながら見て回られるのも楽しいと思います。すぐ近くには駐車場がありま...

  • Sefukuji Temple
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    Osaka Prefecture Izumi City Saioyamacho 136
    "Sefukuji Temple is a Buddhist temple affiliated with the Tendai Sect and located in the city of Izumi. Its nickname is Makiodera ""Yew Plum Pine Temple."" It is said to have been founded during the reign of the 6th century Emperor Kinmeiby the monk Gyoman Shonin. The principal image is f Juichimen Senju SenganKanzeonBosatsu(an eleven-faced, thousand-armed and thousand-eyes statue of Kanzeon).No. fourthtemple of Seigoku33Kannonpilgrimage. Located on the side of Mt. Makio, Sefukuji is known to be difficult to reach, since visitors must access it by a series of steep, stone steps. In former times, it was a place for praying for safe travel by ship and for victory in war. Kobo Daishi, the ninth-century founder of Shingon Buddhism, officially entered the monastic life at a ceremony at this temple. It is famous for its exceptionally scenic surroundings, with views of Mt. Iwawaki to the south, Mt. Kongo to the east, and Osaka Bay to the north. Visitors enjoy viewing cherry blossoms in the spring and brightly colored leaves in autumn."
  • Fujii-dera Temple
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    49 Reviews
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    Osaka Fujiderashi Fujidera 1-16-21
    Located five minutes from Fujii-dera Interchange, in Fujii-dera 1 Chome, this temple, belonging to the Omuro school of the Shingon sect of Buddhism, is the fifth temple of the Saigoku 33 Kannon Pilgrimage. The temple was established by Gyoki in accordance with Emperor Shomu's imperial prayer, in the year 725. The main hall, where the national treasure, the thousand-armed Kannon is enshrined, also incorporates struts called kaerumata and lavish carvings in its construction. The wood carvings adorning the traditional gable roof are intimidating, and the four-pillared temple gate (the West Gate) is also an Important Cultural Property. It was built by order of Toyotomi Hideyori, in the Momoyama Period. Fujii-dera Temple has also been famous for over a thousand years for the Wisteria flowers that continue to bloom here, and during full bloom, their purple blossoms flutter in the wind.

    725年に創建されたと伝わる古いお寺で、西国三十三所巡りでお参りしました。 藤井寺駅からアーケードの商店街を3分ほど歩くと、重要文化財の西門(四脚門)があります。お参りは南大門からと立て札があったので、南側から境内へ。 長い歴史の中で兵火や地震で堂宇を失い、本堂や護摩堂等は近世に再建されたものです。 毎月18日はご本尊の国宝「乾漆千手観音座像」が御開帳されます。 境内には藤棚がたくさんあり、訪...

  • Sojiji Temple
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    47 Reviews
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    Osaka Ibarakishi Soujiji 1-6-1
    Sojiji Temple is a Koyasan Shingon sect temple, and is the twenty-second temple of the Saigoku 33 Kannon Pilgrimage, located five minutes' walk from Soji-ji Station. It is the sixth boke-fuji Kinki Juraku Kannon sacred site, and the Boke-fuji Fuhi-Kannon is enshrined here. The founder of the temple, Fujiwara no Yamakage, was also the founder of Shijoryu Hochodo (a school of Japanese cuisine), and a kitchen knife festival is held here every year on April 18th. The temple's principal object of worship, the thousand-armed Kannon, is distinctive in that it stands on the back of a turtle. According to legend, Yamakage's father, Takafusa once saved a turtle from some fishermen, and later, when Yamakage fell into a river, the same turtle saved him in return.

    西国霊場はアクセスの悪い山の中にあることも多い中、こちらは駅からも近く住宅街にあります。 前日に山寺ばかり参拝していたせいかこじんまりした印象を受けました。

  • Kanshinji Temple
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    4.5
    32 Reviews
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    Osaka Kawachinaganoshi Teramoto 475
    This temple is located in Teramoto, Nagano City. It was originally called Unshinji, when En no Ozunu built it in the year 701. Kukai visited this temple at the beginning of the Heian period, and when he visited again in 815, he named it Kanshinji. It is said, that this is when the Nyoirin Kannon carving, a Buddhist statue rarely shown to the public, which Kukai made with his own hands, was designated as a National Treasure. Kondo, which is also a National Treasure, is the oldest designated national treasure in the prefecture of Osaka. The temple is also famous for its Cherry blossoms and Autumn leaves, and has been selected as a natural landmark in the prefecture's top 100 natural places in Osaka.

    The temple was built in 827AD by one of the disciples of the great Kobo-daishi. The main hall of the temple (Kondo) is designated a national treasure and there are other historic sites within the...

  • Enmeiji Temple
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    Kagaoka, Kawachinagano-shi, Osaka Prefecture 492
    This temple is in Nagano, on Kamigaoka Kawachinagano City, and is said to have been founded when Kukai enshrined a Jizo statue there. Later, the temple was abandoned but it was restored as Yakujuyama Enmeiji Temple during the Edo period by local son Jogon. In so doing, the main object of worship became the Nyorin Kannon, now designated an Important Cultural Property. This area is famed as an autumn leaf viewing spot, and was selected one of Osaka's Best Greenery Spots, and the 1000 year old maple Yusho Momiji is designated an Osaka Natural Monuments.
  • Mizumadera Temple
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    34 Reviews
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    Osaka Kaidukashi Mizuma 638
    This temple is located in Mizuma, Kaizuka City. While it is commonly called Mizuma Kannon, its official name is Mizuma-dera Temple. According to legend, the temple was built by Gyoki, on Emperor Shomu's orders. The temple's name comes from the meeting of the Kogi River, flowing down from Mt. Katsuragi, and the Kibitani tributary River. The current main hall was rebuilt in 1811, with the temple having been razed multiple times by the fires of war. The principle object of worship in the temple is a Kannon that drives away misfortune. The Shogatsu Hoe and Senbon Mochitsuki festivals, which are held every New Year, are designated Intangible Cultural Properties of Kaizuka City.

    日曜日の昼下がりに参拝しましたが、ほどほどに空いている状況で駐車場も十分に空きがありました。奈良時代、聖武天皇期からの歴史あるお寺で、行基が仏様を授かったとされる滝は府内随一のパワースポットとしても知られています。厄除けのご利益があり、車ごと境内に乗り付けて厄払いもしてくれるようです。

  • Horaku-ji Temple
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    Osaka Osakashi Higashisumiyoshi-ku Yamasaka 1-18-30
    This temple is a four-minute walk from Minamitanabe Station. It is one of the 36 Fudo Temples in the Kinki Region and is affectionately called Tanabe-no-ofudo-san. Built in 1178, it is said to have originated when Taira no Shigemori placed Minamoto Yoshitomo's sacred personal Buddhist statue at the site. As you walk through the temple gate, the Dainichi Buddha of Kongokai (diamond world of buddha) is enshrined in the three-storied pagoda. On the right, a large 800-year-old camphor tree is standing, creating a calm scenery. In 1978, an original piece of the national treasure, Ao (Blue) Fudo of Shourenin Temple in Kyoto was found here and listed as an Important Cultural Property.

    Really enjoyed this temple, there is an 800-year-old tree, a three-story the pagoda. A bunch of statues, I met some really friendly people here as well. Some Lotus, bells, not the best temple in the...

  • Dainenbutsu-ji Temple
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    Osaka Osakashi Hirano-ku Hiranouemachi 1-7-26
    This is the head temple of the Nembutsu faith Yuzu Nembutsu sect that spread in the late Heian period, located a five-minute walk to the south of Hirano Station. The temple originated when the Ryonin Priest received an order from Prince Shotoku and built a Nemoto Dojo-seminary. The Sanmon (Temple gate) built in the early Edo period in front of the temple was designated as Osaka City's Tangible Cultural Property in 2006. The Hondo (Main Hall), reconstructed in 1938 which you can see as you pass through the gate, is made of zelkova wood with copper roofing. This is also the largest wooden building in Osaka Prefecture. In addition, this building was registered as a Tangible Cultural Property of the country in 2003.

    地下鉄平野駅1番出口から徒歩10分ほどです。おおさか十三仏霊場第10番札所です。第7番札所の全興寺からも徒歩10分ほどです。融通念仏宗総本山で男子あるだけに、大きくて立派なお寺さんでした。

  • Senkoji Temple
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    16 Reviews
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    Osaka Osakashi Hirano-ku Hiranohonmachi 4-12-21
    "Senkoji Temple is about a five-minute walk from the south exit of JR Hirano Station. It is considered one of the 13sacred Buddhist sites of Osaka and one of the 88 sacred sites of the former province of Settsu. Its beginnings date back about 1400 years, when Prince Shotoku Taishi built a small temple and installed a statue of YakushiNyorai (the bodhisattva of healing). The main buildings, dedicated to YakushiNyorai, are in the center of the temple grounds. This temple is also famous for its Jigokudo, a hall where visitors can supposedly experience hell. At the entrance, they check to see to what degree they merit paradise or hell, and see a fearsome statue of Enma- Daio, the kind of hell. The Machigurumi (""Entire Town"") Museum and the Dagashi-ya San (""Cheap Candy Store"") Museum are also on the temple grounds."

    A small shrine where you can have a good picture of both hell and heaven with an interesting and interactive area for people to play and understand the story. I like the place where it connected to...

  • Settsunokuni Kokubun-ji Temple
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    Osaka Osakashi Kita-ku Kokubunji 1-6-18
    This is a temple located in front of the Kokubunji Park, approximately a three-minute walk from Tenjinbashi-suji 6-chome Station. The temple was built in 741 and the principal object of worship is Bhaisajyaguru. The official name of the temple is Chokugandojo gokokusan Kokubun-ji Temple, referred to as Nagara no Kokubun-ji Temple, and has been the Chokugan Dojo-seminary for the last 14 emperors. A unique feature of this temple is the serenity of the precinct in the middle of the city. It is one of the 36 Fudo Temples in the Kinki Region and on the left of the temple gate there is a stone statue of Buddha Seki Butsu no Mizu Kake Fudoson and a Minori Fudoson beneath the ginkgo tree behind the Gomado Hall.
  • Kyuan-ji Temple
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    22 Reviews
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    Osaka Ikedashi Fushiochou 697
    This is a temple located near the Satsukiyama Park. The temple is also called the Temple of Flowers and visitors can enjoy seeing peony in spring, hydrangeas in summer, colored leaves in the autumn, and plum blossoms in the winter. The Romon (two storied gate) with a graceful curved roof is said to have been built in 1145. This gate, considered as an Important Cultural Property, has a Vajradhara that welcomes the visitors. It is also said the old zelkova tree was planted in commemoration of a moon viewing gathering held in the mountain shaped like Sanskrit characters by Toyotomi Hideyoshi in the temple grounds. The main temple that enshrines the Senju Kannon (Thousand Armed Bodhisattva) is known for making a connection with Buddha, safe delivery of babies, studying, and prosperous business. The temple also hosts Buddhist weddings.

    Beautiful temple with a great flower display.. One of the best viewing spot for hydrangea.. Let the pictures do the talking, but definitely recommended for visiting during the rainy season. A must...

  • Domyo-ji Temple
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    Osaka Fujiderashi Doumyouji 1-14-31
    This is a convent of the ancient Shingon sect of Buddhism located on the western side of Domyoji Tenmangu Shrine, approximately a seven-minute walk from Domyoji Temple Station. The Temple is dedicated to the 11-headed Kanzeon Bodhisattva, a national treasure, that lord Fujiwara Michizane carved himself. The history of the temple is also associated with Michizane's aunt who was also a member of the nunnery. In the age of civil wars in the medieval period the temple burned down. However, with the support of Oda Nobunaga, Toyotomi Hideyoshi and the Tokugawa family, the temple was able to be rebuilt and became a temple authorized by the shogunate. The national treasure and principal object of prayer is on public display on the 18thand the 25thof every month. This temple is also the birth place of Kansai style sakura mochi sweet rice cakes and Domyoji Hoshii, dried boiled rice used to make Japanese confectionery.

    古くは土師氏の寺で土師寺と称し、平安時代に菅原道真の叔母が入寺して、道真は度々訪れ、自ら彫刻した十一面観音(国宝)と書写したお経を納めました。 大宰府へ左遷する途中も立ち寄り、自像を彫って出立したそうです。 後に寺名を道真の号「道明」に変えます。明治に入って天満宮と別れて現在時に移転。 楼門、本堂、大師堂、護摩堂が並び、隅々までお手入れの行き届いている印象のお寺です。 18日と25日は御開帳日で...

  • Hirokawa-dera Temple
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    Osaka Minamikawachigunkananchou Hirokawa 43
    This temple located in the Hirokawa area of Kanan-cho is famous as the place where the monk Saigyo ended his life. A famous cherry blossom viewing spot, the famous Suya-zakura (red weeping cherry blossoms) on the grounds have thin trunks and a deep pink dainty appearance when they begin to bloom. The best time to see them is usually from the beginning to end of April. Approx. 1,500 cherry blossoms such as Yoshino cherry blossoms, yae-zakura and weeping cherry blossoms bloom nearby, and the area was chosen as one of Osaka's top 100 green landscapes. The 13th En no Gyoja's sacred site of the Saigoku Yakushi 49 Temple Pilgrimage, possesses items such as a wooden seated statue of a saint who achieved complete emptiness, a prefecture-designated tangible cultural property, and a wooden Kobo Daishi seated statue.

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