open8:00 - around 16:30 (varies seasonally)
holidayNo 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.
address192 Imai, Mihara-ku, Sakai-shi, Osaka, 587-0061
transport5-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
average timeRoughly 30 minutes
general participationVernal 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)