Japan Osaka Minoo

Ryuanji Temple

Centuries-old center of Shugendo, home to the Honzan Shugen sect and the Four Great Benzaiten deities

Photo of Ryuanji Temple, Japan (Ryuan-ji temple, Minoh Taki-Michi, The way to the Minoh Falls by lasta29)

Nestled in the verdant Minoo Park, Ryuanji Temple stands as a beacon of spiritual significance in Japan’s cultural landscape. Founded in 658, this temple is intertwined with the history and development of Buddhism in the country. Known also as Minoji Temple, Ryuanji allows visitors to immerse themselves in the tranquility of its grounds, which showcase traditional Japanese architecture, statues, and meticulously curated gardens.

About Ryuanji Temple

The origins of Ryuanji Temple can be traced to when the ascetic En no Gyoja founded the temple at the base of Minoo Waterfall. Enshrining the deity Benzaiten, Ryuanji became a site of pilgrimage and a center for mountain asceticism. The temple has welcomed notable figures such as Kukai, Nichiren, and Rennyo, who contributed to the temple’s historical tapestry. The temple’s main gate, originally part of the Kyoto Imperial Palace, was relocated here in 1809 by Emperor Kokaku.

The Benzaiten Main Hall, constructed by imperial command in 1656, houses one of the Four Great Benzaiten deities. The temple’s historical significance extends to entertainment, with its role in the origin of the “tomi” system, which evolved into modern lotteries. Annual events, such as the Founder’s Memorial Day and torch-lit goma ceremonies, draw visitors and practitioners from across the region, reflecting Ryuanji’s enduring role in Japanese spiritual life.

Significant structures at Ryuanji include the Main Hall (Bentendo) and the Gyodo (Kaizando), which house important deity images and the temple’s founder. The Kannon Hall, rebuilt in 2002, is another highlight, showcasing the Important Cultural Property image of Nyoirin Kannon. The temple is also part of several pilgrimage routes, including the Settsu Province Pilgrimage and the Saikoku Pilgrimage.

The temple’s connection to the natural beauty of Minoo Park is undeniable. Located on the path to the scenic Minoo Waterfall, the temple is enveloped by the park’s famed autumn colors. Cultural assets like the Tomikuji Box and Edo-period scriptures offer insights into Japan’s rich religious and artistic history.

As Ryuanji continues to attract those seeking a connection to Japan’s religious and cultural heritage, it stands as a testament to the profound historical legacy that continues to shape spiritual practice in the region.

Getting There the easiest way to reach Ryuanji Temple

HK 59

Hankyu Minoo
 Hankyu Minoo Line

 10-20 minute walk (1.3km)

Around Ryuanji Temple

Ryuanji Temple

Buddhist Temple in Osaka

open 9am - 4pm
closed Irregularly


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