Fujiidera and the Goddess with 1,000 Arms

Few would expect that one of the Saigoku Pilgrimage temples would be at the end of a shopping street on the outskirts of Osaka. Home of beautiful wisteria gardens and a rare thousand-armed statue of Senju Kannon Bosatsu, Fujiidera attracts visitors from all over Japan every year.


Temple Grounds

Built in 725 on the orders of Emperor Shomu, Fujiidera was a massive temple with two main halls and two three-story pagodas. 

In 1096 a number of the temple’s buildings were worn down and in need of repairs. At this time, the nobleman Fujii Yasumoto donated substantial funds to the temple, allowing the necessary repairs to be made. In a display of gratitude for these repairs, the temple renamed itself “Fujiidera”

The west gate faces the shopping street from the Fujiidera Station and is the oldest structure in the entire temple grounds, and the main gate, the Niomon Gate, is a little further down.

Niomon gate, built in 1800
West Gate: donated by Toyotomi Hideyori in 1601.
Yup, people in Kawachi and Senshu loves baseball too much

Every year, the temple hosts a small wisteria festival, where guests can come and enjoy the beautiful draping vines of wisteria flowers that decorate the temple grounds. This is easily the best time to visit the temple.

sooo pretty!!
wisteria is called Fuji in Japan. and I like it so much!!
There are white wisteria too.


The main Buddha of this temple is Senju Kannon Bosatsu. The statue here, made at the time of the temple’s founding, is the only Buddha statue from the Nara Period left in Osaka, undoubtedly making it a national treasure.

Dragon in Chozuya is always really cool
Hondo was built in 1744.

There are many temples whose main Buddha is Senju Kanon. However, in general, it is much more common to see statues of Senju Kannon with forty arms, even though “senju” means one thousand arms.

Fujiidera’s Senju Kannon is a true senju, with two big arms folded in prayer, fourty medium arms, and thousand one small arms.

You can see the statue of Senju Kannon on the 18th of every month, so especially try to stop by then if you can.

Something like this. It is really beautiful!

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