Osu Kannon Temple

Osu Kannon Temple © S.Kasugai

What is Osu Kannon Temple

Osu Kannon Temple is the special head temple of the Shingon Chisan sect and is located in Nagoya’s Nakaku-ku, Osu area. Its principle image is the Sho-Kannon Avalokiteśvara Buddha, deity of mercy. Officially, the temple is Kitanosan Shinpuku-ji Hosho-in, within the religious cooperation, Hosho-in, however, it is generally known as Osu Kannon Temple. It is one of Japan’s three hallowed grounds of the deity of mercy. It was originally located in Mino-no Osu but was moved in in 1612 by Tokugawa Ieyasu shogun. It is considered one of Nagoya’s temples of luck and houses a Hotei Statue. At the temple is the Shinpukuji Bunko (Shinpukuji Library) which holds old manuscripts, including perhaps the oldest, and rare books. Although a five-storied pagoda was built during the Edo period (1603-1868), it was destroyed during the war along with the main hall. In 1970 the main hall was rebuilt. In the Shinpukuji Bunko Library are 15,000 books including the oldest manuscript, a national treasure. Every 18th and 28th of the month at the temple fair, the antiques are displayed.


Osu Kannon Temple is about a 25 minute walk from Sakae’s center. By train: 3 minute walk from Osu Kannon Station on the Tsurumai Line or Kamimaedu Station on the Meijo Line, both on the Nagoya city subway. By car: From Shizuoka, use the Tomei Expressway, from Gifu, use the Meishin Expressway, from Kyoto and Osaka, use the Higashi Meihan Expressway to access Nagoya Expressway.

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Description: Osu Kannon Temple

Sights Osu Kannon Temple (大須観音)
Address 2-21-47 Osu, Naka-ku, Nagoya-shi, aichi 552-0022
Phone / Fax Phone: 052-231-6525 / Fax: 052-231-9333
Duration 2Hour(s)
Closed dates 7 days open
Admission Fee Free admission
Recommended Season
Spring (March - May)
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Recommended target Family Couples Groups Infant & Toddler (ages 0-6) Child (ages 7-17) Adult (ages 20+) Single traveller

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