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Honpukuji Water Temple
A Unique Main Temple Hall Underneath a Lotus Pond! A Mysterious Temple Filled with Natural Light.
This temple is of the Omuro school of the Shingong sect of Buddhism, and it is said to have been built in the latter half of the Heian period (794-1185). Located atop a small hill, visitors can look out over Osaka Bay from the temple’s grounds. The main temple hall, the “Water Temple,” was designed by world-renowned architect Tadao Ando, and it has become quite the hot topic.
To get to the main temple hall, visitors must take the stairs down through the center of the lotus pond. Inside is enshrined the temple’s principal object of worship, a Bhaisajyaguru that has been designated an Important Cultural Property of Awaji City. Natural light cascades into the hall, creating a wonderful atmosphere, and the hall becomes even more beautiful at sunset. When you leave, as you step back up the stairs, it feels like you’re walking out into the sky.
Among the many lotuses floating on the lotus pond is the exceptionally rare Oga sacred lotus, discovered about 2000 years ago. Water lilies are in full bloom in the pond from May through September, and the lotuses are in full bloom from June through July, filling the entire pond with gorgeous colors.
A historic temple offering a panoramic view of Osaka Bay from its grounds.
Unique main temple hall “Water Temple” was designed by world-renowned architect Tadao Ando.
The main temple hall beneath the lotus pond is a stunning space filled with natural light.
There is a rare Oga sacred lotus in the lotus pond, discovered about 2000 years ago.
Water lilies are in full bloom from May through September, and lotuses are in full bloom June through July. Cherry blossoms bloom along the temple approach road during the springtime.
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- Name in Japanese
- Postal Code
- 1310 Ura, Awaji City, Hyogo
- Open hours
- 9 am – 5 pm
- Adults 400 yen, children (junior high school students and younger) 200 yen
- About a 10-minute walk from the Awaji Kotsu Transit Line’s “Tateishigawa” bus stop
- Official Website
- Official Website (Japanese)