The area around Hozan-ji was originally a place for the training of Buddhist monks. The name of the place at that time was Daisho-Mudo-ji (大聖無動寺).
Mount Ikoma was originally an object of worship for the ancient people in the region, and so this area was selected as a place for religious training. The training area is said to have opened in 655 by En no Gyōja. Many Buddhist monks, including Kukai (空海), are said to have trained in here.
In the Edo period, this temple was one of the most popular Buddhist temples in this region.
This temple has Important Cultural Properties selected by the Japanese government.
- Shishi-Kaku Building (獅子閣)
- Five statues of Zushiiri-Mokuzo-Godai-Myōō (厨子入木造五大明王像)
- Kenpon-Chosyoku-Kasuga-Mandara-zu (絹本著色春日曼荼羅図)
- Kenpon-Choshoku-Aizen-Myōō (絹本著色愛染明王像)
- Kenpon-Choshoku-Miroku-Bosatsu (絹本著色弥勒菩薩像)
- Five volumes of No-hon, written by Zeami (世阿弥能本)
- Thirteen Buddhist Sites of Yamato
- For an explanation of terms concerning Japanese Buddhism, Japanese Buddhist art, and Japanese Buddhist temple architecture, see the Glossary of Japanese Buddhism.