Sightseeing

Hozenji Temple

Hozenji Temple

Between Dotonbori and Namba, tucked away on a narrow back street is the Hozenji Temple with its moss covered statue of Fudo Myoo, also called Mizukake Fudo by Osakans. Mizukake literally means water splash.

The story goes that the now moss-covered Buddha statue was a normal looking statue at first, then someone made a wish while throwing water on it and the wish came through. The rest is, as you can see, history.

The temple dates back to the 1630s, an era when the nearby Dotonbori and Namba areas had already begun being busy entertainment districts. Kabuki and bunraku theatres lined the streets and with them came a whole range of nightlife and an atmosphere that set the tone for centuries to come.
The Dotonbori area was in ruins after the second world war, but one of the few things that survived was the Hozenji Buddha statue.