The Buddhist Isshinji Temple dates back to 1185. Founded by the priest Jien, it is a temple of the Jōdo shū school.
What makes this temple particularly special is its many graves and mausoleum, housing the ashes of Buddhists from across the country. Statues made from the bones of the dead are another feature.
The temple’s modern gate and Hiso-den building were designed by the current head priest, who also happens to be an architect.
Isshinji Temple is south of central Osaka, near the Tennōji-ku Park. The closest train station is Tennōji, a 10-minute walk from the temple.