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Osaka: Shipporyuji (Temple)

Located at 8 Ogi, Izumisamo-shi in Osaka Prefecture, Shipporyuji (Temple) is a century-old temple that's tucked away in Mt. Inunaki.
Inunakisan temple

Shipporyuji (Temple) was founded by the legendary mystic En-no-Gyoja in 661. It serves as the head temple of the Inunaki sect of Shingon Buddhism. The temple is home to the statue of the dragon deity that is coiled around a sword hence giving the temple its other name - Kurikara Dairyu Fudo Myo-o. This guardian deity is known to grant wishes and has connections to good fortune and longevity. 
The part where one has to turn left from Fudao Road to reach the temple

The road would then narrow down to a one-lane road

The parking lot of Shipporyuji
Here's the map of the temple vicinity

Here's the story of the dog and his master which gave the mountain its name.

The name Shipporyuji means "Seven-Treasures-Waterfall". Its name was drawn from the veneration of the bodhisattva Kobo Daishi of the seven most impressive of the 48 waterfalls in the mountain. He then gifted it with seven treasures including gold and silver. With it, the 53rd emperor of Japan graced it by giving it its name. 
The pathway from the parking lot to the temple's Hondo


It's a straight path
The temple is famous for the nearby Gyojaga-taki waterfall which is used by monks and pilgrims to show devotion by standing under its cold gushing waters. if you're lucky, you may get a chance to see one doing this feat of endurance on your visit. 
A few meters from the parking lot is an open area where the temple's cute mascot stands in perpetual welcome pose.

The statue of Fudo Myo-o (不動明王)
Let me guess... This is a fertility statue... Please correct me if I'm wrong
The water used in the purifying font comes from the dragon's mouth
Entering the Torii to reach the temple's Hondo

A few more steps up to reach the Hondo.


My family and I got to visit Shipporyuji (Temple) during our 20th day in Japan. We got to visit early in the morning, this means there were only a handful of other visitors and pilgrims in the temple vicinity with us. This made us appreciate the quiet atmosphere and beauty of the nature surrounding the temple.
Shippuryuji's Hondo (front)

Inside Shipporyuji's Hondo
The back door of the Hondo that leads to the vermilion-colored shrine

Speaking of nature, Mr. Toshi and I did not miss checking out Gyojaga-taki waterfall. To get there, one has to enter the temple Hondo and go out the other side. They charge a maintenance fee of 50 yen to see the said falls. It serves as a perfect backdrop for the vermilion-colored shrine which is probably the most famous image of Shipporyuji on the internet. 

The first waterfall that I saw on the way to the shrine
The vermillion shrine - the most famous image of Shipporyuji
Shipporyuji

Here's what you'd see inside the vermilion shrine
Gyojaga-taki (waterfalls) also known as Gyoja Falls

Another one of 48 waterfalls of the mountain

Notice the chains? They say monks use it to climb up for meditation

We didn't stay long though as my wife suddenly had a very painful toothache and we had to bring her to the dentist. Luckily, I still managed to get a goshuin here before leaving.
Shipporyuji's goshuin

Overall, Shipporyuji (Temple) is a perfect place to visit if you want a quiet place away from the hustle and bustle of the city. It is also the best place to experience Shugendo or Japanese mountain worship. 

Getting there:
From Osaka City, head to Namba Station of Nankai Railways and ride a train going to Izumisano Station. From there, walk towards the south exit and hop on a Nankai Bus bound for Inunaki. The bus ride costs 470 yen and takes about 40 minutes. Board down at the final stop and then walk for about 25 minutes following the small road to the temple. 

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Comments

  1. These photos are great! I feel like I was there! Beautiful!

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  2. What a beautiful place. It looks amazing!

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  3. Thank you for sharing this. I love to read blogs about distant places. I will not likely be able to travel to many places, but it is great to experience them through your words and pictures. The pictures are very beautiful. I love this post!

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    1. Thank you Janet. You should come here. You'd surely love the rural atmosphere.

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  4. Love my visits to Japan. I will have to visit some of these hidden treasures you have found

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    1. That sounds great Rudy. I'm very excited for your next trip to Japan. =)

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  5. This is such a beautiful place, loved exploring through your eyes

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  6. I've been to Osaka but not to this temple. It has a beautiful waterfall.

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    1. Well this temple is quite hidden but it sure is something for the books. =)

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  7. enjoyed my read & love this temple in Osaka esp all the captured shared. Thanks for sharing this! cheers, siennylovesdrawing

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  8. The views are gorgeous. I especially enjoyed reading all of the details and facts!

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  9. wow! what a wonderful and beautiful temple.

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  10. This seems a nice place to visit. Thanks for sharing!

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    1. Shipporyuji is really a nice place to visit. It would be memorable if you're a nature lover.

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  11. This is another beautiful plave and temple. Japan never fails to make us feel anciently magical.

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    1. That's true. Please do visit Shipporyuji when you get the chance.

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  12. The red temple is definitely very iconic and a great contrast against the greenery! What an amazing cultural gem

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    1. I agree with you! =) The color contrast of the temple and the environment around it is truly amazing!

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  13. Love reading your posts more so the comments underneath.. Is really a good freshener after a hard day.. :)

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  14. This is incredibly beautiful! Thanks for sharing :)

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    1. Please do visit Shipporyuji when you have a chance Lucy.

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  15. All the temples that you have shared on your blog have beautiful paths or stairs!

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    1. I agree Vaishali. The Japanese are really good with their architectural designs. =)

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  16. What a beautiful adventure! I think you are spot on to assume the statue in the beginning is the fertility statue. ;) Great information here for a wonderful trip.
    *Samantha

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    1. Thanks Samantha. Thank God I did not touch it. Was afraid that I might get pregnant. Hahaha

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  17. The greenery, waterfalls and everything in this place looks amazing.

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  18. This looks like a beautiful spot to visit! I will have to add this place on my next trip to Japan. Great post!

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    1. That sounds great Sarah! =) Hope to see photos of your trip soon.

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