Horakuji Temple was founded in 1178. In the 18th century, Jiun, a priest praised as the "little Buddha in Japan," entered this temple to become a priest. Located in Tanabe in Settsu-no-kuni province (present-day Yamasaka, Higashisumiyoshi-ku, Osaka City) and dedicated to Fudo-myoo (Acala), the temple is now affectionately called "Tanabe no Ofudo-san (Acala in Tanabe)." Horakuji Temple is the third of the Kinki 36 Fudo temples of pilgrimage, the first of the Osaka 13 Jusan-butsu (13 Buddhas) temples of pilgrimage, and one of the 36 temples of pilgrimage associated with the ascetic En-no-gyoja. The priest Jiun was born in 1718 in the Takamatsu clan's residence (kurayashiki), located in Nakanoshima, Osaka, and died in 1804 at Amidaji Temple in Kyoto. Through his priesthood, Jiun consistently denied the sectarianism that was pervasive in Japanese Buddhism, and advocated shohoritsu, which aimed to return to the ideal way of priests espoused in the time of Buddha. In precincts of the temple are the main building, gate, belfry, and other structures constructed at the temple's foundation, along with a giant camphor tree that is said to be 800 years old. A museum dedicated to Kiseki Kosaka, a leading modern-day calligrapher, is also located in this temple.
|ADDRESS||〒546-0035 1-1-30 Yamasaka, Higashi-Sumiyoshi-ku, Osaka City|
|TRANSPORTATION||4 min. walk from Minami-Tanabe Sta. of the JR Hanwa Line|
|INQUIRIES||TEL : 06-6621-2103 FAX : 06-6623-2103|