The Kansai Region Travel Guide

The Kansai Region Sights

Isshin-ji Temple

  • 2-8-69 Osaka Map It
  • Tenno-ji-ku
  • Religious Building/Site/Shrine

Published 12/20/2010

Fodor's Review

The ultramodern gate and fierce guardian statues of Isshin-ji Temple are a stark contrast to the nearby Shitenno-ji Temple. Dating back to 1185, the temple is now known for its Okotsubutsu—a Buddha statue made of the cremated remains of more than 200,000 people laid to rest at Isshin-ji. Far from morbid, the statue is meant to reaffirm one's respect for the deceased and to turn them into an object of everyday worship. An Okutsubutsu is made every 10 years, the first in 1887. Though 12 Okutsubutsu have been made, due to a direct hit to the temple during World War II, only the six crafted after the war remain.

Sight Information

Address:

2-8-69 Osaka, Osaka, Osaka-fu, 543-0062, Japan

Map It

Phone:

06-6771–0444

Sight Details:

  • Free
  • Sakaisuji Subway Line Ebisu-cho Station, Osaka JR Loop Line Tennoji Station

Published 12/20/2010

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