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Hosho-in (Osu Kannon), Nagoya

#3 of 117 in Historic Sites in Nagoya
Religious Site · Tourist Spot
A modest, red-lacquered Buddhist temple, Hosho-in (Osu Kannon) remains known for its monthly flea market and profusion of pigeons. Originally built in the 17th century, the temple was unfortunately destroyed and had to be rebuilt in 1970s. Interestingly, it holds the only copy of the Kojiki--ancient chronicles of Japanese history and mythology--though the document remains out of public view. Take advantage of the photo opportunities among the pigeons and picturesque architecture. On the 18th of every month you can hunt for souvenirs at the flea market. Choose to start, finish, or center your holiday on a trip to Hosho-in (Osu Kannon) by using our Nagoya trip itinerary planning tool.
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  • We pop by the temple because it marks the entrance of the shopping district that we wanted to explore. Temple complex is small and not really a must visit for us but since we are around the corner...  more »
  • The temple is dedicated to Avalokitesvara, the Great Compassion of Kannon. Avalokitesvara offers compassion which is of infinite benefit and is thus venerable to all people. People come here to pay....  more »
  • A huge temple at the end of the shopping arcade. There is a Pidgeon feeding area by the front where you can purchase a platter of feed. Be careful as the Pidgeons are very friendly. The temple itself is beautiful and worth a visit for some great photos.
  • My favourite place in Nagoya. A lot of festivals take place there. There are many shops to buy from. I just live everything about Osu district.

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