Hounji Temple (Hounzenji Temple) 0

Hounji is an ancient Obaku Zen Buddhist temple founded by historical Obaku priest Egoku Domyo. The temple grounds are resplendent with blooming rhododendrons in spring, and glow with 1,000 lanterns on summer nights.

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  • open

    8:00 - around 16:30 (varies seasonally)
  • holiday

    No designated days closed

This Obaku Zen Buddhist temple was founded in 1672 by Egoku Domyo, a prominent Obaku priest. The gate and multiple buildings, along with the shoro bell tower, tell visitors a lot about the structure of the temple at its founding. The main hall enshrines 1,111 images of the Shaka Nyorai, Yakushi Nyorai, and Amida Nyorai Buddhas, for a total of 3,333 principal objects of worship. The temple holds an Osegaki Hoe ancestral offering ritual and Manto-e lantern ritual every year on August 15th. Roughly 1,000 lanterns are lit on temple grounds during the rituals, and a great number of people come to make offerings. From the end of April through early May, the grounds are also covered with rhododendrons - the official flower of Sakai. The temple draws roughly 1,000 visitors per day during this period. It is also a site on the Kawachi-Saigoku Reijo pilgrimage route.

  • address

    192 Imai, Mihara-ku, Sakai-shi, Osaka, 587-0061
  • transport

    5-minute walk from the Imai bus stop; board a bus bound for Satsukino from Kawachi-Matsubara Station on the Kintetsu Minami Osaka Line
    Short walk from the Imai Minami bus stop; board a bus bound for Mihara-kuyakusho from Hatsushiba Station on the Nankai Koya Line
  • prices

    Free
  • average time

    Roughly 30 minutes
  • tel

    072-361-4419
  • general participation

    Vernal equinox ritual (vernal equinox in March), rhododendron viewing (late April - early May), Osegaki ritual offerings for ancestors/Mando-e lantern ritual (August 15th), Joya no Kane New Year's bell ritual (December 31st)
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