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Hozenji Yokocho

1, Nanba, Chuo-ku, Osaka 542-0076, Osaka Prefecture
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Harkening back to the quieter, more intimate Osaka of the 19th century, small food shops and historic souvenir purveyors lie under paper lanterns on each side of the narrow, stone-paved lane.
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  • Average19%
  • Poor1%
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“buddha statue” (5 reviews)
“moss covered” (9 reviews)
“small alley” (3 reviews)
Suggested Duration: 1-2 hours
1, Nanba, Chuo-ku, Osaka 542-0076, Osaka Prefecture
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Reviewed 11 August 2017

We stumbled on this shrine after seeing Dotonburi briefly. Dotonburi was so crowded and overwhelming, you can't really enjoy it. We stumbled on this shrine walking back to the train station. It is on a small side street, with the shrine on one end. The...More

1  Thank patagoniac57
Reviewed 7 June 2017

Because of the water that is splashed on the statues they are covered with a thick green carpet of moss. Very nice to go see when your are in Dotonbori.

Thank Rob v
Reviewed 12 May 2017 via mobile

Hozenji Yokocho and Mizukake Fudo of Hozenji temple are certainly among the symbols of Osaka. It is absolutely free to enter. Since it is very close to a popular pedestrian street of Shinsaibashi, it is worth to pay a visit.

Thank Kimitaka S
Reviewed 1 May 2017

An oasis in the middle of madness. Nothing special just an old style street with a small shrine and a nice moss-covered Buddha.

Thank Robert K
Reviewed 24 April 2017

It is seldom you can see a shrine so quickly, but very perculiar with this clothing of moss. But it is a little hard to find, as I saw no signs for it. Very happy to find this little gem in the middle of all...More

1  Thank cefnice
Reviewed 3 March 2017

I love this little area of Osaka. I try to visit each time I go to Osaka. Beautiful during the day and lively at night. Try the restaurants and explore the area.

Thank Cynthia W
Reviewed 9 November 2016 via mobile

This small tiny temple is in the center of a busy tourist area and it is very crowded. People come to throw water at the statue hence it is covered in moss ad it is forever wet.

Thank Tweetcoz
Reviewed 20 October 2016 via mobile

Go in the day as well as night-time if you have the chance. Don't miss the moss-covered statue. There are many good restaurants along this old street. Would recommend visiting this old alley; you'll feel a sense of tranquility and it's a good respite from...More

3  Thank Jia Q
Reviewed 16 October 2016

Quiet place located within Dontonburi. Took us awhile to locate the place. Worth a short visit. It is rather peaceful unlike the rest of the place. Do visit it at night.

Thank WeiQiangSee
Reviewed 8 October 2016

This was a nice little stop surrounded by streets of restaurants and stores. It was also fascinating to see the moss covered statues that were repeatedly dowsed with water by patrons, praying for good luck. If you're interested in Buddhist culture, it is a definite...More

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