Honzan-ji Temple (本山寺) is a Tendai Sect Buddhist temple located in Takatsuki City, Osaka Prefecture.

Principal image is Bishamonten (毘沙門天 : Vaisravana).

It is said that it is one of the three Greatest Vaisravana’s (Bishamonten’s) Temple in Japan.

So this temple’s best highlight is Wooden standing statue of Vaisravana.

History of Honzan-ji

Let’s study the history of this temple with me before introducing of Honzan-ji.

I think that we can enjoy the sightseeing of this temple more by learning the history of it. XD


It was founded for 697 years of the Asuka period by EN no Gyoja (EN no Ozunu) who was the originator of Shugendo (修験道).

It has a history spanning 1300 years.

Temple buildings were constructed using funds donated by Prince Kaijo, son of the Emperor Konin, in the Nara period.

It was declining in power due to the “Yamazaki no tatakai (山崎の戦い)” (the battle at Yamazaki), but it was restored during the Edo period by Hideyori Toyotomi (豊臣秀頼).

About Honzan-ji



Address:3298, Hara, Takatsuki Shi, Osaka Fu, 569-1051, Japan
Phone number:+81-72-687-9921
Founder:EN no Gyoja (EN no Ozunu)
Sect:Tendai sect
Principal image:Bishamonten (Vaisravana)


24 hours (Precincts)

9:00~17:00 (Temple’s office)

Admission Fee


Other information

・Please ask temple’s staff where you can take photos and videos.

・Worship method of a shinto shrine and a buddhist temple, please refer to the following article.


Next, Let’s go to see highlights of this temple with me!

Highlights of Honzan-ji

中の門(Naka-no-mon gate)


Naka-no-mon gate was relocated from Fushimi Castle (伏見城) in the early Edo period.



本堂(Hon-do hall)


Hon-do hall was rebuilt in the middle Edo period.


Bishamonten (Vaisravana) is enshrined in this building.

It is only open to the public three times a year. (January 3 / 2nd Sunday in May / 2nd Sunday of November)

鐘楼(Shoro / Bell tower)



開山堂(Kaizan-do hall)



EN no Gyoja (EN no Ozunu) is enshrined in this building.



Video of Honzan-ji

Photos of Honzan-ji

Goshuin (Red ink stamp) of Honzan-ji


How to get to Honzan-ji

Nearest station is JR Takatsuki Sta.

Use a bus or taxi from the station.

From Osaka Sta. (by train)

Timetable and Route Search (train)

1.Get on the JR Kyoto Line from Osaka Station to Takatsuki Station.

From Namba Sta. (by train)

Timetable and Route Search (train)

1.Get on the Osaka Metro Midosuji Line from Namba Station to Umeda Station and change to the JR Kyoto Line.

2.Get on the JR Kyoto Line from Osaka Station to Takatsuki Station.

From Kyoto Sta. (by train)

Timetable and Route Search (train)

1.Get on the JR Kyoto Line from Kyoto Station to Takatsuki Station.

Get on a bus from JR Takatsuki Station

Timetable and Route Search (bus)

Please get on a Takatsuki City Bus No.53 (Takatsuki Sta. Bus Stop North 1) and get off Kabusanguchi.

Bus company:Takatsuki City Bus
Routes/Destination:53/Bound for Haraohashi (原大橋)
Boarding bus stop:JR Takatsuki Sta. Bus Stop (North.1)
Alighting bus stop:Kabusanguchi (神峯山口)
Bus fare:220 yen
Time required:About 20 min

From Takatsuki City Bus Kabusanguchi (on foot)

About 90 minutes (4.5km).

Take a taxi

From Takatsuki Station:About 4,000 yen (30 minutes)

・Let’s show a taxi driver the following phrase.

・If you want to call a taxi, let’s show the following phrase.


Phone number of taxi dispatch (JR Takatsuki Station)

Hotel search & reservation around Honzan-ji

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Have a nice trip!