Osu Kannon Temple is a beautiful, popular Buddhist temple located in downtown Nagoya. It is officially known as Kitano-san Shinouku-ji. The temple is an attraction for tourists and religious worshippers.
From the temple's name, its spiritual focus is on Kannon, the Buddha of compassion, mercy, and salvation. It is why this temple houses a large wooden statue of Kannon, which was carved by Kobo Daishi, the monk who founded the Shingon Sect of Buddhism.
Upon entering the temple, you will first see the main hall which allows the visitors to see a large red paper lantern. Pilgrims to the temple wishes on small pieces if paper that they put to the wires that supports the big lantern. They hope for their wishes to be granted by Kannon.
Beneath the main hall of the temple is the Shinpukuji Library, which is the home of over 15,000 classic texts from Japan and China. Among them is the oldest copy of the Kojiki, a written account of the mythology behind the origin of the Japanese islands.
There is also a flea market and antique fair that is held in the temple grounds on the 18th and 28th of each month.
The temple is a 5-10 minute walk from Kamimaezu Station on the Tsurumai and Meijo Subway Lines,
The nearest station is Osu Kannon Station on the Tsurumai Subway Line. From Nagoya Station take the Higashiyama Subway Line and transfer to the Tsurumai Line at Fushimi Station.
The temple is always open, no closing dates and the entrance is free.
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