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Hozanji temple

Hozanji templeHozanji is a Buddhist temple, and is located on the northeast side of Mount Ikoma (642 meters high).
It is located about 15 km west of Nara city and 20 km east of central Osaka city.

Since the 7th century, Mount Ikoma had been the training area for Buddhist monks.
And this temple was founded in 1678 by priest Tankai.
This temple has been popular among people in Osaka and Nara.

The temple grounds are not so wide, but there area many buildings.
Behind the main temple, rocky cliffs rise up. The view is spectacular.
The buildings are various, because they were built from the 17th to the 19th centuries.
One of them has a Western style.

Perhaps because of that, this temple is popular with the tourists from Western countries.

A cable car leads from the foot of the mountain near Ikoma station of Kintetsu Line to this temple.
And another cable car leads from Hozanji to the top of Mount Ikoma.

Mount Ikoma is the mountain on the prefectural border between Nara Prfecture and Osaka Prefecture.
On the top, there are an scenic overlook and an amusement park.
We can enjoy the view of Osaka Plain and Nara Basin.

How to get to here

By railroad

By Kintestsu Nara Line, get off at Ikoma station.
By cable car, about 5 minutes from Torii-mae station to Hozanji.
To the top of Mount Ikoma, about 7 minutes from Hozanji by another cable car.

Cable car
Photo by Nara-no-Sekaiisan
Approach of stone steps
Main temple
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Site of the temple Guest house of Hozanji
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Night view of Osaka from Mt. Ikoma
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View of Nara basin from Mt. Ikoma

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