openStatues of bodhisattvas viewable during rituals
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A temple of the Yuzu Nembutsu sect of Buddhism and the seventh site on the Kawachi-Saigoku pilgrimage. The location was home to Hozenji Temple during the Heian era, but it was later burned to the ground. Tsuboidera Temple was built afterwards. The current main hall was transferred from the derelict Yogoji Temple in 1888, and enshrines an image of Amida Buddha. The bronze statue of a bodhisattva in the main hall is small, but is also elegant and symmetrical, dating to around the 7th or 8th century. It is believed to have begun as a gilt-plated figure and is an Osaka Prefecture-registered Cultural Property. It is also known as Hirai Kannon or "lightning-dodger Kannon" due to the region's history of damage due to frequent lightning strikes. It's said that the deity Kannon faced down the lightning in response to the victims' prayers, sparing the region from that time onward.
address1-10-20 Hozenji, Kashiwara-shi, Osaka, 582-0005
transport5-minute walk from Hozenji Station on the Kintetsu Osaka Line
general participationVernal and autumnal equinox ceremonies, Segaki-e purification ceremony, etc.