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Osaka: Hozen-ji Temple

Located not far from Dotonbori Bridge in Osaka City, Osaka Prefecture in Japan, Hozen-ji Temple (法善寺) is a very small temple tucked in the busy Dotonbori area.

Hozen-ji Temple was built sometime in 1637. The temple pays homage to Fudo Myoo, one of the five Myoo or Wisdom Kings. These kings are said to be the guardians of Buddhism and more specifically the Five Wisdom Buddhas. Fudo Myoo is usually depicted holding a sword that represents wisdom that can cut through ignorance. He is usually accompanied by two smaller statues named Kongara and Seitako (they are his attendants).
Going through the Hozen-ji Yokocho
I'm wondering why there's a swastika there...
You should be patient if you're visiting this place...
I wonder what those are...
The moss-covered statue
Pilgrim sprinkling water at the moss-covered statue
Can you see a smaller sitting statue?
Unlike the bigger temples, worshipers do not toss coins as offering in Hozen-ji Temple. Instead, they splash some water on the statue of the deity found in the heart of the temple. Over the years (and the frequent splashing of water) the statue of the deity is now covered by a soft green carpet of moss.
Check out that line!
We visited Hozen-ji Temple during our 12th day of touring in Japan. The place was really small but still, a lot of people frequent it. According to Mr. Toshi, the temple is visited mostly by businessmen because it is said that praying there would make your business successful.
The street right outside Hozen-ji (temple)
Although I wasn't able to douse the statue with water and I also don't own a business (yet), I still wished for success in my field of work (higher salary please!)

Getting there:  

From Kansai International Airport ride a Nankai train going to Namba Station. The trip would probably take about 45-50 minutes. From the station the temple is about 10 to 15 minutes walk away.


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