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Hozenji Yokocho

It is famous for two stone-paved alleys stretching east to west and the statue of Mizukake Fudoson.

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Gourmet street

“Hozenji Yokocho” is two stone-paved alleys in the grounds of Tenryuzan Hozenji Temple of the Jodo sect of Buddhism, and has been one of Japan’s most popular tourist attractions since the Meiji period (1868-1912). It started with some stalls for worshippers and grew into a gourmet street. The area was damaged by air raids during the Pacific War and neighborhood fires, but it has been restored thanks to the efforts of citizens.

It has two alleys, about 80 meters long and 3 meters wide, stretching from east to west. Despite its huge signboards and proximity to the bustling Dotonbori, it still has a calm and relaxing atmosphere, especially on rainy days when the wet pavements create an elegant atmosphere. There are many restaurants such as long-established Japanese restaurants, okonomiyaki restaurants, kushikatsu restaurants, and bars on both sides.

Mizukake Fudoson is enshrined on the west side of the temple. Many people come to pray to the statue in the morning and evening, and the air is thick with the aroma of incense. The statue is covered with green moss as visitors have been pouring water on it with their wishes.

Hozenji Yokocho has been the setting for many novels, movies, and songs, including Sakunosuke Oda’s novel “Meoto Zenzai”.

Highlights

  • Two stone-paved alleys run east to west, about 80 meters long and 3 meters wide.
  • There are many restaurants, such as long-established Japanese restaurants, okonomiyaki restaurants, and kushikatsu restaurants.
  • Worshippers frequently visit the moss-covered Mizukake Fudoson in Hozenji Temple.

Photos

  • Hozenji Temple, where Mizukake Fudoson is enshrined. 
(C)Osaka Convention & Tourism Bureau

    Hozenji Temple, where Mizukake Fudoson is enshrined. (C)Osaka Convention & Tourism Bureau

  • Lots of restaurants on the alleys.
(C)Osaka Convention & Tourism Bureau

    Lots of restaurants on the alleys. (C)Osaka Convention & Tourism Bureau

Reviews

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  • Shih Shih

    鵝卵石鋪設的街道,兩旁的日式料理店有賣雞肉串、関東煮,也有居酒屋,充滿日本舊時代的氛圍。

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Details

Name in Japanese
法善寺横丁
Postal Code
542-0076
Address
Around 1 Namba, Chuo-ku, Osaka City, Osaka
Holiday
Open every day
Hours
24 hours
Admission
Free
Directions
1) A 5-min walk from Namba Station on the Osaka Metro Midosuji Line/Sennichimae Line
2) A 5-min walk from Kintetsu Namba Station
3) A 5-min walk from Nankai Namba Station
Credit Cards
Not accepted
Official Website
Official Website (English)