Osu Kannon Temple, Nagoya

Osu Kannon Temple, Nagoya (must see)

Ōsu Kannon, or Kitanosan Shinpuku-ji Hōshō-in, is a Buddhist temple of the Shingon sect located in Ōsu in central Nagoya. It belongs to the Owari Thirty-three Kannon. The temple was originally built in about the year 1333 in Ōsu-gō, Nagaoka village in Owari Province, which is currently known as the city of Hashima in Gifu Prefecture. Construction was sponsored by the Emperor Go-Daigo, who appointed Shōnin Nōshin as the first head priest. Nōshin had a vision in a dream of Avalokitesvara, the Buddha of Compassion, known as Kannon in Japanese. Hence, the name Ōsu (from Ōsu-gō) Kannon.

Due to repeated flooding, the temple was moved to its present location in 1612 by Tokugawa Ieyasu. In the 1820s, large parts of the temple were destroyed by fire, but it was rebuilt in the 1970s. The main hall has a very large, red paper lantern hanging from the ceiling where worshippers can tie small paper notes with wishes to the holding wires.

The current temple is home to a large collection of books. It houses about 15,000 classic Japanese and Chinese works. Among these is the oldest hand-written copy of the famous Kojiki, describing the ancient mythological history of Japan. The library also has many other books designated as national treasures and important cultural properties. A street fair is held on the 18th day of each month. The nearest subway is Ōsu Kannon Station.

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Sight Name: Osu Kannon Temple
Sight Location: Nagoya, Japan
Sight Type: Religious
Guide(s) containing this sight: Naka Ward Walking Tour  

Walking Tours in Nagoya, Japan

Create Your Own Walk in Nagoya

Create Your Own Walk in Nagoya

Creating your own self-guided walk in Nagoya is easy and fun. Choose the city attractions that you want to see and a walk route map will be created just for you. You can even set your hotel as the start point of the walk.
North Nagoya Walking Tour

North Nagoya Walking Tour

North Nagoya is famous for housing the city’s most prominent architectural landmark, the magnificent Nagoya Castle. Other notable sights include the Meijo Koen Park, Nagoya City Hall, Gokoku Shrine and more. Take this self-guided tour of North Nagoya to discover top attractions of this part of the city.

Tour Duration: 2 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 3.4 km
Nagoya Nightlife Walking Tour

Nagoya Nightlife Walking Tour

Nagoya is an excellent destination for visitors who seek entertainment, because there are loads of trendy clubs, hopping discos, crowded bars and quality restaurants to enjoy. Whether you are looking for delicious food, tasty drinks, live music or a party atmosphere, you will find it here in Nagoya at any time of night. Take our Nightlife Walking Tour to see the hottest spots in town.

Tour Duration: 1 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 0.7 km
South Nagoya Walking Tour

South Nagoya Walking Tour

The southern part of Nagoya has some wonderful attractions in store for a visitor, not least the outstanding Nagoya/Boston Museum of Fine Arts. In this district you can visit several prominent temples and beautiful Japanese gardens. It’s also home to some popular shopping venues and some great architecture. Take our South Nagoya Walking Tour to catch the best sights in the area.

Tour Duration: 2 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 5.6 km
East Nagoya Walking Tour

East Nagoya Walking Tour

The eastern part of Nagoya is a beautiful section of the city. Here visitors can enjoy wonderful botanical gardens and temples, plus some beautiful public parks and a zoo. It’s also a great area for entertainment, with a fun amusement park and several interesting cultural venues. Take our tour to see the top sights of East Nagoya.

Tour Duration: 3 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 8.0 km
Nagoya Cultural Walking Tour

Nagoya Cultural Walking Tour

Nagoya is considered one of Japan’s most important cities when it comes to cultural attractions. This beautiful city is home to many art galleries, museums, theaters and some other great cultural venues. Take our Cultural Walking Tour to see all the best cultural spots in the city.

Tour Duration: 1 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 1.7 km
Naka Ward Walking Tour

Naka Ward Walking Tour

The Naka Ward (or Naka-ku) district is the central neighborhood of Nagoya. This area should be at the top of the list for any visitor to the city, because it’s home to a vast number of amazing attractions. Here you can visit: a peaceful Japanese park; a fine Nagoya Orchid Garden; a gorgeous Osu Kannon Temple; and the imposing Nagoya TV Tower. Take our Naka Ward tour to see all the top sights in the district.

Tour Duration: 2 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 3.2 km

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