Osaka Temples & Shrines

Osaka Temples & Shrines 大阪のお寺と神社

Osaka may trail behind its Kansai neighbors of Nara and Kyoto for the sheer number of its Buddhist temples and Shinto shrines but the city still boasts several temples and shrines of historic importance, well worth visiting.

Osaka's temples include Shitennoji, one of Japan's oldest temples, established in the 6th century by Prince Shotoku (572-622), who was so influential in establishing the Buddhist religion in Japan, as it took roots in the country from the Asian mainland.

Statue of Kannon at Isshinji Temple.
Statue of Kannon at Isshinji Temple, Tennoji, Osaka
One of the Okutsu Butsu, Bone Buddhas, made from the cremated remains of about 150,000 people at Isshinji Temple.
One of the Okutsu Butsu, Bone Buddhas, made from the cremated remains of about 150,000 people at Isshinji Temple

Osaka Temples & Shrines

Hozenji Temple - a small temple in Hozenji Yokocho in Dotombori established in 1637.

Isshinji Temple - a resting place for the ashes of Osakans who cannot afford a personal grave.

Katsuoji Temple - in Osaka Prefecture is associated with "winner's luck" and daruma dolls.

Ohatsu Tenjin - (Tsuyuno Tenjinsha) - guardian shrine of the Umeda district and known for its ema praying for personal beauty.

Shitennoji Temple - Japan's oldest state temple founded by Prince Shotoku.

Sumiyoshi Taisha - a 3rd century shrine in Osaka dedicated to sailors and seafarers.

Tenjin Shrine in Kita-ku is host to the annual Tenjin Matsuri in July, one of Japan's biggest festivals.

Shitennoji Temple, Tennoji, Osaka.
Shitennoji Temple, Tennoji, Osaka

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