Mizukake Fudo (or Hozen-ji temple) is the temple of the Jodo sect of Buddhism located in the Naniwa district of Osaka. The main statue and building are famous for the Amidanyorai-Mizukakefudo, and Konpira-do. As the worshippers pray for business success and matchmaking they splash water on the Mizukake-fudo statue, so it is blanketed by a soft, green carpet of moss. You can freely visit the temple precincts at any time you like. The temple is situated in the south of Hozenji-yokocho, a narrow, atmospheric alley with small shops and restaurants that provides a bit of the taste of the old Osaka.
Mizukake Fudo covered with a carpet of moss
Mizukake Fudo is covered with moss due to water the worshippers splash on it. In olden days, however, water was just offered on the altar as the important origin of life. But one day, a female worshipper who did not bring an offering cup just splashed the water on the statue. Since then the practice spread to other worshippers. Besides praying for the success of restaurant, bar or night club businesses, the divine favor of Mizukake Fudo covers matchmaking (the two small statutes standing in front of Mizukake Fudo are regarded as a couple), wiping out disasters and enemies with his angry look and burning out worldly desires by his flame-shaped mandolin forming a halo of fire around his body.
You can visit the temple by public transportation as there is no parking lot. The closest stations are: Namba Station on the Yotsubashi line, Midosuji line and Sennichimae line of the Osaka Municipal Subway, Namba Station on the Nankai line of the Nankai Electric Railway, Osaka-Namba Station of the Kinkinohontetsudo, Namba Station of JR West.
Image Gallery: Mizukake Fudo, Hozen-ji Temple
Description: Mizukake Fudo, Hozen-ji Temple
|Sights||Mizukake Fudo, Hozen-ji Temple (水掛不動)|
1-2-16 Namba, Chuo-ku, Osaka-shi, Osaka
|Phone / Fax||Phone: 06-6211-4152|
|Closed dates||7 days open|
|Admission Fee||Free admission|
Spring (March - May)Summer (June - August) Autumn (September - November) Winter (December - February)
|Recommended target||Family Couples Child (ages 7-17) Adult (ages 20+) Single traveller|