Regions of Japan

Hokkaido Tohoku Hokuriku
  • Hokkaido
Sub-zero temperatures and the greatest of outdoor environments, complemented by sizzling soul food and warm-hearted welcomes. Japan's great white north offers wild, white winters and bountiful summers—a haven for dedicated foodies, nature lovers and outdoor adventure fans seeking an adrenaline rush
  • Aomori
  • Akita
  • Iwate
  • Yamagata
  • Miyagi
  • Fukushima
Sleek apple-red and electric-green shinkansen whisk you up to a haven of fresh powder snow, fresh fruit and fearsome folk legends Fearsome festivals, fresh powder and vast fruit orchards—the rugged northern territory of Tohoku offers a fresh perspective on travel in Japan
Hokuriku Shinetsu
Hokuriku Shinetsu
  • Niigata
  • Toyama
  • Ishikawa
  • Fukui
  • Nagano
Mountains and sea meet in one of Japan's wildest regions, and the result is sheer beauty. Once largely inaccessible, Hokuriku is now reachable by shinkansen from Tokyo in a matter of hours An easily accessible slice of rural Japan offering unrivaled mountainscapes and coastlines, endless outdoor adventure and amazing ocean fare
  • Tokyo
  • Kanagawa
  • Chiba
  • Saitama
  • Ibaraki
  • Tochigi
  • Gunma
Characterized by the constant buzz of the world's most populous metropolitan area, the Kanto region is surprisingly green with an array of escapes that include mountainous getaways and subtropical islands Experience diversity at its fullest, from the neon of Tokyo to the ski slopes of Gunma, exotic wildlife of the Ogasawara Islands and cultural heritage of Kamakura
  • Yamanashi
  • Shizuoka
  • Gifu
  • Aichi
  • Mie
Served by the shinkansen line that connects Tokyo, Kyoto and Osaka, the Tokai region provides plenty of interesting diversions and easy excursions Tokai means "eastern sea," and this region stretches east from Tokyo to Kyoto and includes blockbuster attractions such as Mt. Fuji and Takayama
  • Kyoto
  • Osaka
  • Shiga
  • Hyogo
  • Nara
  • Wakayama
From raucous nights out to outdoor thrills to peaceful reverie, trying to categorize the Kansai region is a futile task The Kansai region is one of extreme contrasts—the neon lights of Osaka and glittering Kobe nightscape, the peaceful realms of Shiga, Wakayama and Nara, and the cultured refinement of Kyoto
  • Tottori
  • Shimane
  • Okayama
  • Hiroshima
  • Yamaguchi
Less-traveled and delightfully inaccessible at times, the Chugoku region is a reminder that the journey is sometimes more important than the destination Welcome to Japan's warm and friendly western frontier, where the weather is warmer and the pace of life is slower
  • Tokushima
  • Kagawa
  • Ehime
  • Kochi
Providing the stage for literary classics, fevered dancing and natural wonders Island-hopping, cycling, soul-warming spiritual strolling and red-hot dancing—the island of Shikoku gets you up and moving
  • Fukuoka
  • Saga
  • Nagasaki
  • Oita
  • Kumamoto
  • Miyazaki
  • Kagoshima
Easily reached by land, sea and air, the dynamic Kyushu prefectures are bubbling with energy, culture and activity The southern island of Kyushu is home to volcanoes ranging from sleepy to smoky, succulent seafood, steaming hot springs and the country's hottest entrepreneurial town
  • Okinawa
Ruins and recreated castles of the Ryukyu kings nestle amid magnificent beaches in Okinawa, a diver's paradise teeming with an amazing array of coral and undersea life Fly to Okinawa and discover a distinct island culture born of subtropical sun, white sand, coral, mangrove jungles and the age of the Ryukyu Kings


Hozenji Temple 法善寺

Splash Buddha with water for good luck at this venerable temple

Walking through the covered arcades from Dotonbori to Nanba Station, it’s hard to imagine what the city looked like in centuries past. That is, until you stumble across the discreetly hidden Hozen-ji Temple, which manages to preserve a small slice of old Japan right in the middle of this otherwise chaotic shopping area.

Don't Miss

  • Make a wish to the Mizukake-Fudo statue by the temple
  • Explore Hozenji Yokocho (the alleyways surrounding the temple)
  • Taste teppanyaki, okonomiyaki and other culinary treats on Hozen-ji Yokocho

How to Get There

Hozen-ji Temple is a short walk from Dotonbori Bridge. From the bridge, walk into the covered shopping arcade heading toward Nanba, turn left at the intersection bordered by the Bookoff bookstore and ABC Mart shoe store. Walk one block to arrive at Hozen-ji Temple.

A flourishing center for drama and entertainment in the 1600s

Built in 1637, Hozen-ji Temple pays homage to Fudo Myoo, one of five guardians of Buddhism. During the 1600's, Nanba and the surrounding Dotonbori area were blossoming as a center for entertainment, with dramatic performances of kabuki and bunraku taking place throughout the district. Even the temple catered to the performing arts, with traditional rakugo storytelling and stage plays performed on site.

Today, you can pay a visit to Hozen-ji Temple and enjoy traditional culture and see what Osaka used to look like on Hozen-ji Yokocho.

Wish for good luck

Hozen-ji Temple is best known for its statue of Fudo Myoo, lovingly known as Mizukake Fudo by the locals. As is traditional, find the statue of Fudo Myoo and splash it with water. This is said to bring you good luck. You’ll notice the statue is covered head to toe in moss, the result of many thousands of visitors pouring water over it.

Grab a bite to eat on Hozen-ji Yokocho

After visiting the temple, wander the narrow alley of Hozen-ji Yokocho. Here, you’ll encounter quaint shops and restaurants that re-call the Osaka of several centuries ago. Taste teppanyaki and other local specialties. Try modan-yaki, a spinoff of Osaka’s famous savory pancakes known as okonomiyaki, at Yakizen.

An evening around Dotonbori

Hozen-ji Temple is centrally located and serves as a starting point to your Osaka adventures. Plan a day shopping in the nearby stores, or spend a night out visiting surrounding attractions such as the Dotonbori Bridge and Ura Nanba.

Photo of greater Dotonbori area

When to visit

Hozen-ji is best to visit early in the morning or in the evening. In particular, the temple comes alive in the early evening hours, when the calm glow from the traditional lanterns casts a warm shade of orange across the narrow alley and temple grounds. Hozen-ji Temple provides the perfect momentary escape from the loud city life.

Photo of lanterns

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