Katsuoji Temple

Sightseeing information about Katsuoji Temple in Japan.

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This temple in the mountains of Mino City is a hidden tourist spot in Osaka Prefecture. Since its foundation in the 8th century, the temple has been drawing people who pray for personal triumphs. The well-manicured precincts and the adjacent public park with a fountain combine to produce beautiful scenery with seasonal changes.

Unlike other Buddhist temples, Katsuoji Temple has plenty of Daruma dolls everywhere in the grounds. Daruma is the Japanese word for Bodhidarma, the Indian monk who introduced Zen Buddhism to China. It is fun to find these dolls on your way to the main hall. The precincts have many slopes and staircases, a good place to enjoy some exercise.

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5.03 weeks ago

Worth taking your time here. Superb view in Autumn especially with light up in the evening with no crowds👍👍👍

5.03 months ago

Stunning temple with no crowds on a weekday in February. You can take a beautiful hike from Minoo Park waterfall to the back of this temple. If you do, watch out for bears and close the gate behind you on your way in.

5.0in the last week

beautiful place. specially good at the end of november.

5.0in the last week

Absolutely beautiful. Worth a visit in autumn!

5.0a week ago

I think it's the most famous place around Minoh area. There are many Daruma in Katsuo-ji temple. It is a far from the station and there is not enough bus. The bus comes every one hour. However, the view is amazing.

Also, here is famous for Daruma!!!!! Daruma is traditionally loved by Japanese as a talisman. Third picture is the Daruma that has paper, random fortunes are written on o-mikuji inside of it. It's really interesting!

This time I tell you how we use Daruma. Daruma doesn't have eyes on that face, so first, decide a goal to fulfill. And then paint in one eye. Second, place wherever you want to pu and when you have achieved your goal, paint in the other eye to say thank you. Most companies and shops in Japan have a Dharma as a Talisman.

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