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Banish summer fatigue! Receiving energy from Osaka Power Spot!

This Power Spot has been attracting attention for some time. It has appeared in magazines and TV programs, so a lot of people may be familiar with it. In other countries a power spot is usually in a natural setting, but here in Japan it means a “place or thing with beneficial wave undulation”, and a lot of shrines and temples have this special feature. Beneficial wave undulation means good energy. You can absorb good energy by putting yourself in such a place or being in contact with it. In fact, you can find such power spots here and there in Osaka city. We will introduce some selected Osaka Power Spots this month. Your mind and body tend to succumb to fatigue in the heat of summer. Regain your energy by touring the power spots introduced here!

Power Spot 1: Horikoshi Jinja Shrine

"Horikoshi Jinja Shrine" for a once in a lifetime wish

A lot of Osaka power spots are clustered around Shitennoji Temple which was built by Shotoku Taishi. We start with "Horikoshi Jinja Shrine", one of 7 shrines was built to protect Shitennoji and which lies in the same area. "Horikoshi Jinja Shrine" now stands on the busy Tanimachi Street. Until the mid-Meiji era a beautiful moat used to extend along the south edge of the shrine precincts. It is said that the name "Horikoshi (literally 'over the moat') Jinja Shrine" is derived from worshippers coming over the moat. Its deity has long been known as a "god who grants a once in a lifetime wish" and is supported by a lot of shrine parishioners.

Touch the "sacred tree" to recover from fatigue and regain energy!

A great many worshippers travel a long distance to make their "once in a lifetime wish", but the majority of worshippers come in from the local neighborhood during a break in their work or walk. The Main shrine stays open until 6 p.m. (5:00 p.m. in winter), unusual for shrines, which reflects the wish of the chief priest for it to be a friendly shrine where worshippers come whenever they want in addition to making a "once in a lifetime wish".

"Horikoshi Jinja Shrine" itself is one power spot, and do not miss the sacred tree known for its spirit which descends, particularly in this season when summer fatigue frequently occurs. This sacred camphor tree is said to be 550 years old, and it has survived several lightning strikes and two fires. A newspaper report said clouds raked the sky when it was transferred to the current location due to construction of the Tanimachi subway line. Such a sacred tree would be able to heal "energy deterioration" and "fatigue". By all means touch the sacred tree wholeheartedly with your wishes.

We recommend a relaxing time in the shrine precincts after worship!

Worship at "Horikoshi Jinja Shrine" starts with cleansing hands and mouth at the fountain. Proceed to the main shrine after cleansing, followed by heading to the sacred tree to touch it. Right next to the tree, pray for safety at home and brisk business at the "Dajo Shinsen Chintaku Reifusonjin" god, affectionately known as "Chintaku-san". Worship at "Chausuyama Inari Shrine" on the side of the main shrine. Go on to "Kumano Daiichi Oji-no Miya", the starting point of the Kumano pilgrimage. Finally worship "Kokuryusha" and "Hakuryusha" in this order. However, that is not the only way. It is all right just to visit the shrine precincts rich in greenery, and listen to the birds. It wants to remain as a power spot as well as a healing spot where worshippers can quietly spend some time.

"Peach amulet" made of peach tree wood to ward off sickness and evil spirits. Cell phone strap and amulet types available, \1,000 each.

Cute good luck charms in the form of mallet and scroll, etc, containing a paper talisman and sand from the shrine. \1,000.

Horikoshi Jinja Shrine
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Recommended! Visit this shop after “Horikoshi Jinja Shrine”!


Has specialized solely in sweet potatoes for 50 years in Osaka Abeno. Their specialty is Daigaku Imo (candied sweet potatoes). This shop maintains its original taste.

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Power Spot 2:  Osaka Temmangu

Rub the head of the reclining ox in Osaka Temmangu, and become wise!

Osaka Temmangu is loved as "Temma-no Tenjin-san", dedicated to Lord Michizane Sugawara, a god of learning. It is especially crowded with many students in the school admission exam season. We would like to introduce power spots in Osaka Temmangu, i.e. several "reclining ox statues" in the precincts.

There is said to be a connection between Lord Michizane Sugawara and oxen; "Lord Michizane was born in the Year of the Ox", "An ox was seen to be weeping when the Lord was demoted to Dazaifu", "Lord Michizane's body was laid out on an ox-drawn cart, but it would not move, therefore the site (Dazaifu Temmangu) became his grave", etc. The statues are all in reclining form to indicate an ox that has stopped moving. Now the oxen are worshipped as his messenger.

Tenjin-sama is a god of learning, so it is believed you will become wise when you rub the head of "reclining ox" in prayer. You see worshippers intently rubbing them. Another legend says "rub the same part of the ox as where your body hurts, and it will be healed", in addition to the head, and "your business will continue for long if you rub the mouth" because the ox drools long and thin from the mouth. So many parts of the "reclining oxen" have changed colors and worn out.

We suggest you should visit Osaka Temmangu to receive a blessing of the "reclining ox". Do not forget to "worship smart" because it is a god of learning. Clap your hands at the main shrine first.

* There are four "reclining oxen", and the one right inside the Ebisu-mon gate is used for rubbing.
Do not touch the other fenced-in "reclining oxen".

Osaka Temmangu

Recommended! Visit this shop after “Osaka Temmangu”

Nissin bakery

Lineup of handmade bread including chewy "mocchini" and the very popular chicken cutlet sandwich

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Power Spot 3: Arisusan Seikoin Kiyomizu-dera Temple

Get healed by the almighty natural waterfall!

It is said nature has wondrous power. Did you know there is one natural waterfall in Osaka city? That is the third power spot, "Tamade Waterfall" of Arisusan Seikoin Kiyomizu-dera Temple. If you were wondering "Is there a Kiyomizu-dera Temple in Osaka?" this Arisusan Seikoin Kiyomizu-dera Temple was modeled after Kiyomizu-dera Temple in Kyoto. You can see their strong relationship from the fact that it received a Senju Kannon (Kannon with one thousand arms) from Kiyomizu-dera Temple in Kyoto as its main object of worship.

"Kiyomizu Stage" overlooks the town of Tennoji in the precincts. "Tamade Waterfall" resembles the "Otowa Waterfall" in Kiyomizu-dera Temple in Kyoto. This "Tamade Waterfall" is on the south side of the temple, in a valley replete with sacred atmosphere. When you listen to the refreshing cool sound of the cold water flowing from Seiryu Pond under the main hall of Shitennoji, you should feel your spirit calm down.

The cave behind the waterfall is dedicated to Fudo Myoo, Hachidai Ryuojin, and others, and is a location for waterfall training. A phone call in advance allows the general public to take waterfall training. In addition to indirect power from the all-powerful natural waterfall, it may prove beneficial to try waterfall training if you are worried or confused.

* The temple is situated in a quiet residential area. Be very quiet when you pay homage.
It is forbidden to drink the water of "Tamade Waterfall" due to health reasons.

Arisusan Seikoin Kiyomizu-dera Temple
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Recommended! Visit this shop after “Arisusan Seikoin Kiyomizu-dera Temple”!

100% buckwheat soba noodles Kiraku

You can enjoy special soba noodles made from 100% buckwheat, all made in Japan, which they mill every day.

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What!? Is it true Billiken-san, the Osaka specialty, was made in America?

Everyone loves Billiken-san with his unique face. In particular Billiken-san at Tsutenkaku is famous. He is a symbol of Osaka. You can receive blessings if you scratch his foot. It is one of the standard power spots, and many may believe he was made in Osaka. In fact, surprisingly enough he was made in the U.S.A. Originally, an American artist called Florence Pretz imagined the form of a god in a dream. It is said that he is a college mascot in the U.S.A.
Such a Billiken-san came to Japan in approx. 1909. It became a feature at an amusement park "Lunar Park" in Shinsekai. The first Billiken-san went missing when the facility was closed down. It was remade in its pre-war from in 1979 when "Tsutenkaku Fureai Plaza" was built, and has been displayed ever since in Tsutenkaku as Billiken-san II. If you look at him a certain way, interestingly enough his familiar face appears somewhat non-Japanese. When you visit Tsutenkaku, please scratch his foot. You may hear him say "Feels so good!"

Tsutenkaku Fureai Plaza

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