Dating back to 1185, it's said that the Buddhist Isshin-ji Temple was founded by Honen, a Pure Land Buddhist (a type of Buddhism based on Mahayana Buddhism).
Guests can see the temple's many urns and mausoleums set around the property, which house the ashes of Buddhists from around the country. In 1887, a priest commissioned a sculptor to create statues of Amida (the principle Buddha in Mahayana Buddhism) by mixing the ashes of the deceased with resin to preserve their remains. Although six of these statues were destroyed in a World War II bombing near the temple, a seventh was later built from the remains of the others and today contains the ashes of nearly 220,000 people. Every 10 years. a new statue is created—Osaka can expect its next one in 2017.
Additionally, the temple’s contemporary gate is an eye-catcher, made of glass, steel and concrete instead of traditional wood. Accompanying the gate is the Hiso-den building, which was built to resemble a church. Both structures were planned and designed by the current head priest, who also happens to be an architect.
Isshin-ji Temple is south of central Osaka, near the Tennōji-ku Park. The closest train station is Tennōji, a 10-minute walk from the temple.