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Hozenji Yokocho

Business park in Osaka, Japan

Travel Tips

Explore the stone-paved alleys for a unique experience. 1

A perfect spot for a quieter, more reflective experience of Osaka's history. 2

Don't miss the serene Hozen-ji Temple nearby. 3

Pour water on the mossy Fudoson statue for good luck. 4

Experience the warm hospitality of the locals and authentic Japanese cuisine. 5

Introduction

Historical Background

  • 🏯 Origins: Hozenji Yokocho was originally within the premises of the Tenryuyama Hozenji Temple, built in 1637.
  • πŸ”₯ War Impact: Both the temple and the alley were destroyed by fire during the Pacific War but were rebuilt post-war.
  • πŸ“– Cultural Significance: The area is known as the setting for the novel 'Meoto Zenzai' by Sakunosuke Oda and the popular song 'Tsuki-no-Hozenji-Yokocho'.
  • 🎭 Entertainment Hub: In the 1600s, Namba and Dotonbori were flourishing centers for drama and entertainment, including kabuki and bunraku performances.

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Dining and Drinking

  • πŸ– Matsusakagyu Yakiniku M: Renowned for its Japanese-style barbecue, serving Matsusakagyu beef.
  • πŸ₯’ Hozenji Sanpei: Specializes in okonomiyaki, a signature Osaka dish.
  • 🍒 Kushikatsu Daruma: Famous for deep-fried skewers of meat and vegetables.
  • 🍺 Robatayaki Mizukakechaya: A classic izakaya offering a variety of Japanese dishes in a laid-back atmosphere.
  • 🍜 Yakizen: Known for its modanyaki, a spinoff of Osaka's famous okonomiyaki.

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Visiting Hozen-ji Temple

  • πŸ—Ώ Mizu-kake Fudo: The moss-covered statue of Fudo Myoo, where visitors splash water for good luck.
  • πŸ•°οΈ Open 24/7: The temple is open for worship at all hours, free of charge.
  • 🌿 Tradition: Splashing water on the statue is believed to bring good luck and fulfill wishes.
  • πŸ•―οΈ Lanterns: The temple and surrounding alley are beautifully lit by traditional lanterns in the evening.

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Shopping

  • πŸ›οΈ Traditional Shops: Over 60 traditional and restored shops line the alley.
  • 🎁 Souvenirs: Various shops offer unique souvenirs and local crafts.
  • 🍡 Tea Shops: Enjoy traditional Japanese tea at one of the many tea shops.
  • 🍰 Sweets: Try local sweets like Meoto Zenzai, a sweet red bean soup.

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Nearby Attractions

  • πŸŒ‰ Dotonbori: A bustling entertainment district known for its neon lights and street food.
  • πŸ›οΈ Namba: A major shopping and entertainment area.
  • 🎭 Kabuki and Bunraku: Traditional Japanese theater performances in the nearby area.
  • πŸŒ‰ Ebisu-bashi Bridge: Famous for the giant Glico Sign.

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Transportation

  • πŸš‡ Namba Station: A 3-minute walk from exit 14 of Namba Station.
  • 🚢 Walking Distance: Easily accessible from Dotonbori and other nearby attractions.
  • πŸ—ΊοΈ Location: Centrally located in Osaka's Minami district.

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Best Time to Visit

  • πŸŒ… Morning: Visit early in the morning for a peaceful experience.
  • πŸŒ† Evening: The alley is especially beautiful in the evening when lit by lanterns.
  • πŸ—“οΈ Year-Round: Open year-round, but the evening hours offer a unique ambiance.
Travel Information
πŸ“Β Β Β Address: 1 Chome-1-6 Namba, Chuo Ward, Osaka, 542-0076, Japan

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