Sign in for a personalized experience.
Japan Guide Homepage
Travel
Living
Forum
Restaurants
Shopping
Jobs
Friends
News
-
Essentials
-
Sightseeing
-
Accommodation
-
Transportation
-
Restaurants
-
Shopping
-
Budget Travel
-
Questions

Home - Travel - Sightseeing Guide - Chubu - Aichi - Nagoya
Osu Kannon Temple
# 5   of 14 most visited
sights in Nagoya

jump to:   access  -  admission  -  hotels  -  ratings  -  tours  -  links

Osu Kannon ({ω, Ōsu Kannon) is a popular Buddhist temple in central Nagoya. Originally built during the Kamakura Period (1192-1333) in neighboring Gifu Prefecture, the temple was moved to its current site by Tokugawa Ieyasu in 1612 after the original temple had been repeatedly damaged by severe flooding. The current buildings are 20th century reconstructions.

The main object of worship at the temple is a wooden statue of Kannon, the goddess of mercy, which was carved by Kobo Daishi, an instrumental figure in Japanese Buddhism. Underneath Osu Kannon's main hall is the Shinpukuji Library which contains over 15,000 classic Japanese and Chinese texts. Among these texts are several national treasures and important cultural properties, including the oldest copy of the Kojiki, a chronicle of the early history of Japan including its mythological origins.

A flea market is held on the temple grounds on the 18th and 28th of every month. The modestly sized market includes around 60 stalls selling everything from souvenirs and antiques to clothes and second hand goods. Just beside the temple is the entrance to the Osu Shopping Arcade, a network of aging but charming covered shopping streets with over 400 shops and restaurants. The area is sometimes compared to Tokyo's Akihabara district as there are a lot of stores that specialize in electronics, cosplay, anime, J-pop and idol goods.

Osu Shopping Arcade next to the temple

Any Questions? Ask them in our question forum.

How to get there
Osu Kannon Temple is a few steps from Osu Kannon Station on the Tsurumai Subway Line. From Nagoya Station take the Higashiyama Subway Line and transfer to the Tsurumai Line at Fushimi Station. The one way trip from Nagoya Station to the temple takes about ten minutes and costs 200 yen.

Alternatively, the temple is a 5-10 minute walk from Kamimaezu Station on the Tsurumai and Meijo Subway Lines, via the shopping arcade next to the temple.

How to get to and around Nagoya

Hours and Fees
Osu Kannon Temple
Hours:Always open
Closed:No closing dates
Admission:Free

Osu Shopping Arcade
Hours:Varies by store (typically 11:00 to 20:00)
Closed:Varies by store (typically none or one weekday per week)

Advertisement

Hotels and Ryokan
Nagoya offers a wide range of hotels. The Nagoya Station area and the central Sakae district are most convenient for exploring the city.
Search Hotels
Recommended Hotels around Nagoya - with lowest rates by selected hotel reservation websites
Hotel Route Inn Nagoya Sakae
Reliable business hotel in the central Sakae district.
Reserve through
Agoda
Nagoya Marriott Associa
Excellent hotel in one of the two towers that rise above JR Nagoya Station.
Reserve through
Booking
Nagoya Tokyu Hotel
Good value hotel in the central Sakae district.
Reserve through
Agoda or Booking

Tours and Packages
Nagoya Tours
Various tours and travel packages for Nagoya and surroundings.

User Ratings
Ratings for Osu Kannon Temple:
japan-guide.com Rating:
  interesting  
User Rating (by 230 users):
74/100
  recommended

Best rated sights nationwide (out of 785):
622.  Kikko Park (Iwakuni)   74/100
623.  Roppongi Hills (Tokyo)   74/100
624.  Shimabara Castle (Shimabara Peninsula)   74/100
625.  Ryogoku (Tokyo)   74/100
626.  Ueno Castle (Iga Ueno)   74/100
627.  Osu Kannon Temple (Nagoya)   74/100
628.  Meoto Iwa (Ise Shima)   74/100
629.  Kitain Temple (Kawagoe)   73/100
630.  Japan Ukiyoe Museum (Matsumoto)   73/100
631.  Kanrantei (Matsushima)   73/100
Most visited sights nationwide (out of 913):
171.  Dejima (Nagasaki)   476
172.  Morning Markets (Takayama)   466
173.  Nagoya Port Area (Nagoya)   465
174.  Dutch Slope (Nagasaki)   464
175.  Koishikawa Korakuen (Tokyo)   464
176.  Osu Kannon Temple (Nagoya)   463
177.  Zeniarai Benten (Kamakura)   460
178.  Kokusaidori (Okinawa Island)   443
179.  Canal Area (Kurashiki)   436
180.  Chaya Districts (Kanazawa)   433

User Feedback
We strive to keep japan-guide.com up-to-date and accurate, and are always looking for ways to improve the user experience. If you have any updates, suggestions, corrections or opinions, please let us know:

English Links
Osu Kannon Temple
Official English website.

Japanese Links
Osu Kannon Temple
Official website.
Osu Shopping Arcade
Official website of the local merchants association.

Online Reservations
Hotel
 
Car
 
Flight
 
Bus

(check-in)

Related Pages

Most Recent Autumn Color Report
October 24
Fuji
more reports...

News and Reports
April 2, 2014
Nagoya Cherry Blossom Report
by raina
November 19, 2013
Korankei Autumn Color Report
by sean
July 10, 2013
Nagoya Castle gets back its palace
by schauwecker
March 26, 2013
Nagoya Cherry Blossom Report
by sean
November 27, 2012
Nabana no Sato Winter Illumination 2012
by scott
April 6, 2012
Nagoya Cherry Blossom Report
by schauwecker
April 7, 2011
Nagoya Cherry Blossom Report
by schauwecker
Inuyama Cherry Blossom Report
April 6, 2010
More reports...

Related Questions
Route to Hamamatsu from Nagoya Airport
 6 reactions, last updated 6 days ago
About Korankei and Obara
 0 reactions, last updated 10 days ago
Bus to Nabana no Sato
 2 reactions, last updated 10 days ago
Korankei
 0 reactions, last updated 11 days ago
Toyota Plant Tour Bus info
 0 reactions, last updated 13 days ago
Taxi Toyotoshi station to the Toyota...
 2 reactions, last updated 39 days ago
Hostel at Korankei
 0 reactions, last updated 40 days ago
Nagoya airport to Takayama
 2 reactions, last updated 44 days ago
Special event October 3rd Nagoya
 4 reactions, last updated 57 days ago
Korankei from Tokyo in early November
 11 reactions, last updated 67 days ago
What to do in Nagoya for a day?
 1 reaction, last updated 70 days ago
Self drive from Tokyo to Korankei as...
 0 reactions, last updated 71 days ago
Nagoya Station
 0 reactions, last updated 87 days ago
Mei and Satsuki house Nagoya
 3 reactions, last updated 113 days ago
Toyota plant and Korankei
 3 reactions, last updated 116 days ago
Meitetsu Nagoya & JR Nagoya station...
 3 reactions, last updated 131 days ago
Sumo practice in Nagoya in July 2014?
 1 reaction, last updated 140 days ago
Tokyo to Nagoya by JR train - Hikari
 2 reactions, last updated 141 days ago
Train transportation from Narita to...
 2 reactions, last updated 142 days ago
Taxi fare from Sakae to Kanayama Station
 3 reactions, last updated 145 days ago

Travel
Living
Japan A-Z
Community
Sightseeing
Accommodation
Transportation
Shopping
Essentials
Regions
Prefectures
Cities
Working
Studying
Living Cost
Apartments
Arts and Crafts
Entertainment
History
Religion
Etiquette
Food
Language
Tradition
Question Forum
Classifieds
Trip Reports
Member Area
Sightseeing Guide
Hokkaido
Sapporo
Otaru
Hakodate
Noboribetsu
Niseko
Furano
Daisetsuzan
Shiretoko
more...
Tohoku
Sendai
Matsushima
Hiraizumi
Hachimantai
Hirosaki
Lake Towada
Dewa Sanzan
Aizu
more...
Kanto
Tokyo
Yokohama
Kamakura
Hakone
Nikko
Kawagoe
Kusatsu
Narita
more...
Chubu
Nagoya
Mount Fuji
Izu Peninsula
Matsumoto
Kiso Valley
Takayama
Shirakawa-go
Kanazawa
more...
Kansai
Kyoto
Osaka
Nara
Kobe
Himeji
Mount Koya
Kumano
Ise Shima
more...
Chugoku
Hiroshima
Miyajima
Okayama
Kurashiki
Tottori
Matsue
Iwakuni
Hagi
more...
Shikoku
Takamatsu
Kotohira
Naoshima
Matsuyama
Kochi
Tokushima
Naruto
Iya Valley
more...
Kyushu
Fukuoka
Nagasaki
Kumamoto
Mount Aso
Beppu
Kagoshima
Kirishima
Yakushima
more...
Okinawa
Honto
Kume
Miyako
Yaeyama
Copyright © 1996-2014 japan-guide.com All rights reserved - Last Page Update: September 5, 2014
home - site map - privacy policy - terms of use - contact - employment - Lɂ‚ - advertising