Hozen-ji Temple

Osaka, Kansai

A solemn temple at the heart of the busy town
Splash water, pray, and your wish will be fulfilled!

The temple is relatively new for a religious building; and it is said to have been founded by a monk named Kinnun in 1637. It used to be a large complex with a number of buildings but most of them were lost during the Second World War. Now, only Konpira-do and Mizukake-fudo (Fudomyoo, the deity of fury, statues) remain.

The quiet space suddenly appearing in busy downtown Osaka is surrounded by a stone-paved alley way called Hozen-ji Yokocho. This alley way used to be the grounds of Hozen-ji temple is lined with about 60 eating houses including pub-restaurants, bars and European-style restaurants, attracting many visitors even on weekdays. Because the place has been loved by many literary people and entertainers, there are stone tablets inscribed with haiku by a famous novelist, for example, and a signboard written by a famous Japanese comedian.

Fudomyoo is a deity taking the form of fury, and is said to protect people against evil, conquer devils, and grant any wish. People used to offer water to the deity but now splash him with water, praying for prosperity in their business and marriage ties, and expelling evil spirits, for example. Due to the large amount of water that worshippers have splashed on the statue over the years, today the statue looks like it is made of moss. How about stopping here for a quiet prayer when strolling through town?


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