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Tourist Attractions and Experiences

Horakuji Temple (Official Name: Horakuji Temple, Shikonzan Komatsuin, The head temple of the Sennyuji division of the Shingon sect)

Founded in 1178 by the son of Taira no Kiyomori. Known as the temple in which, during the Edo period (18th century), high priest Jiun entered to begin his training to become a priest.

Basic information

Founded in 1178 by Taira no Shigemori, the son of historical leader Taira no Kiyomori. It is said that Shigemori built the temple as a site to install the statue of the Nyoirin Kannon bodhisattva his enemies had held. The same stories hold that he venerated the spirits of all those who had fallen in battle with it, regardless of which side they had fought on.The temple was burned to the ground in 1571 by Nobunaga Oda's forces, only to be restored soon after thanks to the commissioning of a hall for the Oda clan on the site.The historical figure Jiun (1718 - 1804) entered this temple as an initiate at age 13, only to go on to become a high priest, scholar of Sanskrit, and spiritual leader.The temple is also home to a memorial hall that holds works by Japan Art Academy-decorated author Kiseki Kosaka.

  • address

    1-18-30 Yamasaka, Higashisumiyoshi-ku, Osaka, 546-0035
  • general participation

    Kobo Daishi temple festival 21st of each month, Fudo temple festival 28th of each month (special festivals in Jan, May, Sept.)
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  • holiday

    No designated days closed
  • open

    6:00 - 17:00
  • prices

    Admission: free Sutra offering: ¥300
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  • transport

    4-minute walk from Minami-Tanabe Station on the JR Hanwa Line 8-minute walk from Tanabe Station on the Osaka Metro Tanimachi Line
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