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. And let' try your luck picking a paper fortune from Daruma doll.
Admission : 400 yen / adult, 300 yen / children
Address : 2914-1 Aomatani, Mino City, Osaka
(1)a 15-minute taxi ride from Mino Sta. on Hankyu Mino Line
(2) take a bus from Senri-Chuo Sta. on Midosuji Subway Line, and get off at Katsuoji Temple
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Airport/Sta.Minoo sta. (about 4.1km) Google Transit
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5.08 months ago
Drove up the mountain and enjoyed the views. Traffic was moving along steady. The parking locations were full so it was a kind of slow to park. The line to get into the temple was slower than years past. They provided alcohol to disinfect your hands and had a body temperature scanner. Once inside everyone was properly wearing masks. The colors on the trees was lovely, but still plenty of green Maple trees for later enjoyment.
5.02 months ago
Very beautiful temple with many paths and lots of landscaping. The smoky pond is pretty and spooky. You can feed the koi here as well! The buildings are lovely and the view is also very nice, you can see all the surrounding hills and nature.
5.09 months ago
It was really nice visiting this place. Not busy and the road up is also nice.
Peaceful and very beautiful!
5.0a month ago
Beautiful temple just a few kilometers away from the Minoh waterfall easy access and washrooms available not so crowded you can get by bus or by car also around that mountain is a nice spot to do cycling or mountain running.
4.06 months ago
Beautiful temple to visit during autumn. The red ripe autumn leaves everywhere gives you best feeling