Mitsutera Temple, Daifukuin, Shippozan 0

An ancient temple constructed by the renowned priest Gyoki in the year 744. An esoteric Buddhist temple that also holds many ancient statues.

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  • open

    9:00 - 17:00 (interior of the main hall can only be viewed during events)
  • holiday

    No designated days closed

An ancient temple constructed by the renowned priest Gyoki in the year 744. It was built on the orders of Japan's 45th emperor in order to inter the remains of the 15th emperor, and is also home to an 11-faced statue of the bodhisattva Kanzeon. The main hall escaped destruction during the Osaka air raids of World War II, and was last rebuilt in 1808. Decorated in lacquer, gold leaf, and flower petals, the main hall's center is dominated by an 11-faced statue of the bodhisattva Kanzeon, with eight other Buddhist statues arrayed to the sides. These statues include figures such as the Buddhas Yakushi Nyorai and Kobo Daishi, among others. Furthermore, the temple is a roughly 10-minute walk from Sennichimae in Osaka, where Shorin-an Temple can be found. This site is home to countless graves for historical figures like Doton Yasui (the original excavator of the Dotonbori), historical lovers, and subjects of Kabuki and Joruri dramas like Sankatsu and Hanshichi, Kamigata-region artists, and prominent merchants from Semba.

  • address

    2-7-12 Shinsaibashisuji, Chuo-ku, Osaka, 542-0085
  • transport

    Walk 5 minutes south along Midosuji Blvd. from Osaka Metro Shinsaibashi Station to the corner of Mitsuterasuji
    Walk 5 minutes north along Midosuji Blvd. from Osaka Metro Namba Station to the corner of Mitsuterasuji
  • average time

    5 minutes
  • tel

    06-6211-1982
  • fax

    06−6211−7120
  • talk

    None
  • general participation

    •Enjoy shabutsu (Buddhist image tracing) and shakyo (sutra tracing) at the same time at the "E-shakyo no Kai" (Sutra Tracing Meeting)
    Held on the second Wednesday of every month from 17:30 - 20:30, and on the second Saturday from 14:00 - 17:00
    *Come and go as you please. No need to bring anything with you. From ¥500.
    *Schedule changed for August only.
    •Eleven-faced Kannon "Otsutome Temple Festival" (reading of scriptures before a statue of Buddha)
    Morning Otsutome on the 20th of every month from 7:30 - 8:00
    Afternoon Goma (fire-offering) on the 20th of every month from 13:00 - 14:00
    *Participation free, Goma stick ¥500.
    •Forget the day and drink tea at a casual tea festival
    20th of every month from 14:00 - 16:00 (beginning May 2018)
    Pray for the new academic term with Buddha at the "Kannon Flower Festival"
    Saturday closest to April 20th (April 21st in 2018)
    *Workshops for prayers and connecting with Buddhism in the main hall, tea ceremonies, flowers etc.
    •Lantern Light and Music Festival "Lantern Night"
    Friday, Saturday, Sunday of the last week of July
    *Lighting up lanterns made at E-shakyo and putting them on display, Goma prayers, and live music.
    •Greeting the new year with reflection at "Kane-tsuki Oisange" (great confessions with a bell)
    December 31st
    *Bell and amazake sweet fermented rice drink provided.
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