Region
Kansai
Island
Honshu
Largest City
Osaka
Population
8,804,806

Inunakisan Temple

A spiritual adventure hidden in Osaka's mountainside

Inunakisan is a temple reserved for travelers who don’t mind trading that brief “intruder” feeling for the chance to see a hidden world.

Navigating your way to the buddhist temple is somewhat difficult, as it is located about halfway up Mt. Inunaki in Osaka.  But, with the twisting overgrown path to its entrance, Inunakisan has an ancient, secretive appeal. Just one step inside soon reveals why.

Photo by: Lindsay Bernsten The temple has a hidden waterfall.

Bustling monks shuffle past and the air seems like a living presence, as it reverberates with the sound of rhythmic chanting over the loudspeaker. The temple, which has no admission fee, is still active and outsiders are welcome to visit, as long as they don’t get in the way.

Travelers will find a significant amount of the temple covered in no-entry and no-recording warning signs. But it still feels like entering into a monk’s home, and that is part of its authentic charm.

Nearby waterfall

One of the main attractions, a nearby waterfall, can only be viewed from a distance but for a good reason. That’s because the water is used in rituals by the monks, so visitors are kept as far back as possible. Even so, travelers can still get some good photos of the fall.

That being said, there are still plenty of parts of the temple that you can go right up to.

For example, near the entry, visitors can explore the large statues of the protective entity Mizuko Jizo. The origins of this particular statue are rather dark and forlorn. The statue is said to look after the souls of prematurely deceased babies to help them if they should end up in hell.

Inunaki temple

Photo by: Lindsay Bernsten Inunaki Temple is in the mountains of Osaka.

About the location

The full name of the temple complex is Inunakisan-Shipporyuji. It is basically the same temple, but the area with the sacred waterfall is called Shipporyujihondou (七宝瀧寺本堂), meaning the “main hall” of Shipporyuji. This info should help when researching how to get there.

Another seasonal plus is that the hiking course on Mt. Inunaki is also a famous spot to see fall colors.  Visiting this sanctuary is a spiritual adventure, full of enchanting statues and scenery.

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Things To Know

Fees

Entrance to the temple is free.

How To Get There

Address

Japan, 〒598-0023 Osaka Prefecture, Izumisano, Ogi, 8

By bus

Take a Nankai bus from Nankai Izumisano Station on the Nankai Railway line. If you would prefer to ride the JR line, Hineno Station on the JR Hanwa Line is also a possible location for catching the bus. Ride the bus to the stop named Inunakiyama.

Where To Stay

Inunakiyama Onsen Minamitei
  • Oogi 2236 Izumisano-Shi, Osaka 598-0023
  • 9.2/10
  • 1.2 km
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Kisenkaku
  • Ohgi 2240 Izumisano-Shi, Osaka 598-0023
  • 9.6/10
  • 1.3 km
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Fudoguchikan
  • Ogi 7 Izumisano-Shi, Osaka 598-0023
  • 8.9/10
  • 6.2 km
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Kansai Airport Pine Villa
  • Kaminogo 1820-1 Izumisano-Shi, Osaka 598-0024
  • 8.4/10
  • 6.8 km
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