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. 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
Access :
(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


5.07 months ago

But of a trip to get to as a tourist as I'm used to having the trains take me everywhere I ant to go, but a bus ride is needed to get here. The temple grounds and cemetery are all very well kept and interesting to walk and view. I wish the shop sold a box set of the daruma dolls instead of just individual ones.

4.05 months ago

I visited it in new year. A bit crowded in that time but so nice, with full of little charms shops. A bit far from the city, so it’s kinda complicated to arrive at.

5.08 months ago

Very beautiful scenic spot. A good spot to add if you’re going to Minoh falls to make the entire trip worth it since it is quite far from the city. Very photogenic area. Lots of Daruma dolls in the area, a faint view of the city on a clear day. There was also a part where the people would use only one foot to step on going around that particular spot. Not too sure about it but it was very interesting.

5.09 months ago

Beautiful, peaceful and sacred Japanese temple (popular for “luck of winning everything”).. a lot of daruma dolls makes the temple very unique however it is a bit difficult to go with 2 options - get a bus or a taxi - but it’s definitely worth visiting

5.06 months ago

Daruma are found everywhere in this temple! To get here, go to Senri-Chuo Station, locate Bus Stop No. 4, take Bus No. 29 and get off at Katsuo-ji Station (¥500). Entrance fee into the temple is ¥400. For an easier travel route, I recommend coming here first before visiting Minoo Falls.

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