Complete guide to the highlights of Osu Kannon Temple

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Osukannon is a temple located in Osu, Nagoya City. Founded in 1333, its formal name is Kitanosan Shinpukuji Hosho-in, but it is commonly known as Osukannon. Osukannon is one of the Three Great Kannon of Japan, along with Asakusa Kannon in Tokyo and Tsu Kannon in Mie Prefecture. Additionally, the library at Osukannon, along with the libraries at Daigo-ji in Kyoto Prefecture and Negoro-ji in Wakayama Prefecture, is known as one of the Three Great Scripture Repositories of Japan, housing fifteen thousand valuable volumes. Among them are included the oldest existing manuscripts of the Kojiki. This article introduces the highlights of Osukannon.

For explanatory articles about Osu Shopping District, please refer to 「Highlights and access methods of Osu Shopping District (Aichi Prefecture)」.

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Niomon

Niomon is the gate leading to the main hall of Osu Kannon Temple. On both sides of the gate, there are statues of Niō guardians.

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Niomon: Complete guide to the highlights of Osu Kannon Temple(2)

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Niomon: Complete guide to the highlights of Osu Kannon Temple(4)

Niomon: Complete guide to the highlights of Osu Kannon Temple(5)

Hondo(Daihiden)

The Hondo(Daihiden) has been destroyed several times in the past, and the current building was reconstructed in 1970. The principal deity is the Holy Kannon. At Osu Kannon Temple, the Hondo is referred to as the Daihiden, where Daihi represents the Kannon Bodhisattva.

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Hondo(Daihiden): Complete guide to the highlights of Osu Kannon Temple(7)

Hondo(Daihiden): Complete guide to the highlights of Osu Kannon Temple(8)

Hondo(Daihiden): Complete guide to the highlights of Osu Kannon Temple(9)

A large lantern inscribed with "Kanzeon" hangs in the Hondo.

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Large Lantern: Complete guide to the highlights of Osu Kannon Temple(13)

Fumonden

In the Fumonden, located to the left of the Honden, where the guardian deities of the twelve zodiac signs are enshrined.

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Fumonden: Complete guide to the highlights of Osu Kannon Temple(16)

For example, for those born in the year of the Ox or Tiger, the guardian deity is Kokuzo Bosatsu, and for the Rooster, it is Fudo Myo-o, with each zodiac sign having its designated guardian deity.

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Shiunden

In the Shiunden, located to the right of the Honden, ninety-nine thousand Kannon Bodhisattvas are enshrined, which have been dedicated there.

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Shorodo

The bell in the Shorodo was reconstructed in 1966 through donations primarily from a local women's association. It is known as the Kasei no Kane or Nyonin Bonsho.

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Shorodo: Complete guide to the highlights of Osu Kannon Temple(19)

Shorodo: Complete guide to the highlights of Osu Kannon Temple(20)

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It is also a popular spot for feeding pigeons, so there are always many pigeons around.

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Chozusha

To the right of the Niomon, there is a Chozusha (Jyousui). Please cleanse your body and mind here before visiting the shrine. It has an unusual shape that is not commonly seen, and at first glance, it might not look like a hand-water basin. Please use the water flowing from above.

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Chozusha (Jyousui): Complete guide to the highlights of Osu Kannon Temple(24)

Monuments and Mounds within the Precincts

I will introduce the monuments and mounds located within the precincts of Osukannon.

Basho's Haiku Monument

This is a monument of a haiku by the poet Matsuo Basho.

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Kobo Daishi Training Statue

This is a revered statue of Kobo Daishi.

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Taishogoto Monument

This is a monument commemorating the birthplace of the local performing art, "Taishogoto." A grand Taishogoto festival is held in September.

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Ningyo-zuka

This mound is for paying respects and expressing gratitude to dolls that have been cared for over a long time. A doll memorial service is held in October.

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Ha-Ha-zuka

This is a mound where extracted teeth and old dentures are offered. A Ha-Ha-zuka memorial service is held in August.

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List of photos related to Osu Kannon Temple

Please see below for a list of photos related to Osu Kannon Temple.

Address and access method of Osu Kannon Temple

Address of Osu Kannon Temple

The address of Osu Kannon Temple is "2-21-47 Osu, Naka-ku, Nagoya, Aichi Prefecture".

Access method of Osu Kannon Temple

I will explain how to access Osu Kannon Temple from Nagoya Station.

Nagoya station

Nagoya Municipal Subway Higashiyama Line
3 minutes

Fushimi Station

Nagoya Municipal Subway Tsurumai Line
1 minutes

Osu Kannon Station

Short walk

Osu Kannon Temple

Other information about Osu Kannon Temple

Official site about Osu Kannon Temple :

http://www.osu-kannon.jp/

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( Written by Tatsuo Ikura )