Hozan-ji Temple
Hozan-ji Temple
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snowy_and_sunny
Minnesota524 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2016 • Solo
While staying at a ryokan in Mozencho, I walked further up the steps to this temple. It is very serene, one of my favorites that I found visiting Japan, partly because it was a total surprise. On the second day, after a kimono-dressing party, I walked again up the steps wearing my kimono & zori, and it was a real treat! Then again, walked up after putting hiking shoes on, & climbed further up to the top.
Written January 5, 2017
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MWandAW
North Sydney, Australia3,728 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Sep 2016 • Couples
It doesn't take much to realize that this teaching Temple is historically special, it was built in 1678 on the site of earlier sacred site built by monks in 655.. There are caves behind the buildings on a rock face, are historically significant. The buildings look ancient as do many of the figurines that line the walkways up the mountainside towards the summit. The walkway from the cable car is steep and has many steps and would not be appropriate for someone with walking difficulties. Luckily, the beginning of the temple grounds are accessible by car, so you could take a taxi from the railway station at least get part of the way there, but there are steep stairs into the actual temple grounds. Our visit to the Temple was quiet on a Thursday morning and my wife and I had the place mostly to ourselves. We found the refreshment area closed due to lack of customers, so you should be prepared for that if the situation arises. We feel a spiritual connection to places of worship and this place gave us a serenity not too often felt in other temples in Japan. It is free to enter and look around and the monks don't seem to mind tourists photographing the outside of the buildings and the grounds. We staying there a few hours and thoroughly enjoyed our visit. We travelled by train from Uenomachi station and it took about 20 minutes in a fast train to Ikoma Station. A trip to this Temple is highly recommended, if you have the energy to walk up many stairs.
Written September 16, 2016
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ocean_paige
3 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Hozanji is free & open 24 hrs (altho ltd access in early am and late pm). Interesting combo of Shinto, Hindu, & Buddhist with reported hidden treasure of two Ghanesh in carnal embrace. Many places in area to explore if u like walking & looking at old Japan, so budget at least 5 hours. On stairs close to cable stn there are two Indian inspired restaurants but just as easy (& much cheaper) to buy something pre-made at one of the dept stores for picnic. If you opt to take the cable car up it leaves every 20" between 9am-9pm (less frequently after 9 & stops at 11:40pm). Fare is 280¥/adult. Taxi is cheaper for 4ppl.
Written September 24, 2011
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Ikomasan
Ikoma, Japan150 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2016 • Family
This Temple is filled with followers and is very active. It is alive with the millions of prayers that are recited at the many Temples that are a party of this Temple complex. If you are tired of hollow temples that are designed for tourists, this is the real thing. Be sure to walk all the way to the Okunoin (The most Sacred area) and then go to the back side of the mountain to the small Shinto Shrine. It has a beautiful energy an has a sweeping view of the Osaka side of the Mountain. Ikon Mountain divides Nara and Osaka and from the Temple you can see in both directions.
Written November 15, 2016
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oshima/masara
Kyoto-shi, Kyoto, Japan31 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2011 • Family
This temple is buddhist temple.
This temple stands on a mountain,very beautiful.
Many people go to this temple to play.
Principal image is Fudo-myoo,and many jizos.
Visitor can get a beautiful view on the mountain.
try it!
Written January 20, 2012
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ShiningSchnee
Hong Kong, China1,967 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2020 • Friends
We went hiking in this area, and visited the temple as it was on the trail. The temple grounds were very quite and nicely sprawled around the hill.
Written February 9, 2020
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Quest814945
Tallinn, Estonia3 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2019 • Friends
I visited Hozan-ji in February and there just a few people, so it was possible to get the real spirit of the place and talk to the spirits too. I was really spirited away... We stayed just around the corner of the beginning of temple stairs, a really cozy place called Shiroyama Ryokan, and were able to visit the temple both in the evening and in the morning. I definitely want to return there to meet this hidden treasure and Ikoma-san again! Part of the amazing charm of this visit is the funny cable car you need to take to get there. And the gift store full of local goods and delicacies in front of the temple gate was the best I saw on my trip. Arigato gozaimas!
Written March 8, 2019
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mizupin0319
32 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2018 • Solo
奈良県生駒市にある宝山寺(ほうざんじ)は、江戸時代に開山し、商売の神として大阪商人の信仰を集め、京都の皇室や徳川将軍家の祈願もありました。現在でも年間300万人の参拝客を集めています^o^
Houzanji in Ikoma-city, Nara Prefecture, opened in 1678 in the Edo period and gathered the faith of the Osaka merchant as a god of business. There was also a prayer from the imperial family in Kyoto and Shogun Tokugawa in Edo. Even now it collects 3 million people worshipers annually.
Written June 2, 2018
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John G
87 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
This place is in the middle of a village at the top of the hill so even if you get bored of visiting temples in Japan, the houses builts on slopes offers a nice view. I find this temple is being underrated and don't see it being mentioned in tour guide books.

Definitely a place to stop by if you are heading to Nara. Cable car rides are also covered by Kansai thru pass so you don't have to worry about spending money here.
Written October 5, 2014
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粗挽きコーヒ
Iruma, Japan630 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Nov 2022 • Solo
This is the head temple of the Shingon sect, but it is not that well known in the world. The stone Buddha statues carved into the mountain are a sight not often seen in Japan, and are very worth seeing. The approach to the temple is also wide, making it a great place to enjoy the atmosphere. I happened to stop by, but I highly recommend it.
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Written October 11, 2023
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