Isshin-ji (一心寺) is a Pure Land Buddhist temple in Osaka, Japan. Starting in the Meiji period, thirteen images have been formed, each incorporating the ashes of tens of thousands of devotees. The annual burial ceremony on 21 April in turn draws tens of thousands of worshippers.
Isshin-ji is said to have been founded in 1185 by Hōnen. Tokugawa Ieyasu camped at the compound in 1614–15 during the Siege of Osaka Castle and became a patron of the temple after his victory. Kobori Enshū designed the temple's tea room or chashitsu in this period called Yatsu-mado no seki (八つ窓の席). The popular Kabuki actor Ichikawa Danjūrō VIII was buried in the grounds in 1854 and from that time large numbers of urns were deposited there. By the mid-1880s there were over fifty thousand and, in part due to limitations of space, in 1887 the head priest commissioned sculptors skilled in casting to create a statue of Amida, combining the ashes with resin. Bombing during the Pacific War destroyed the temple and the six statues completed by then.
Cristina H | Jun 16, 2018
Beautiful temple, with a proud and serious history. The Temple itself is interesting, well kept and has a serene atmosphere, if you go early and beat the crowds. For people getting Goshuin (temple stamps) you can get one here, but it did take a minute to find. All and all, the history of this temple makes it a necessary stop for people who enjoy learning or seeing unique temples or landmarks.
Richan | Jun 7, 2018
A unique, historic temple, its location is not far from the Shitennoji Temple. The temple is not too big, but has a distinctive feature at the front of the temple there is a design work of art made of iron. For the location in it is clean, and provide comfort for the visitors. Visitors can enter the location with free.
Claudio Cafarelli | May 10, 2018
Beautiful, with a unique Buddha made of the human crashed bones. A bit out of the city, but reachable by metro and walking
Rachel Gearhart | Apr 7, 2018
Modernity & tradition blend well here. There is also a cafe area, cemetery, and wisteria starting to bloom (early April). The spot to receive your goshuin is tricky to find, but it is in the lower side entrance of the main hall, where it connects to the modern concrete building.
Jack Zhang | Jul 18, 2018
Great view, but it's under construction at the time I went there.
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