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Hozan-ji (宝山寺 Hozanji) is a Buddhist temple in Monzenmachi, Ikoma, Nara, Japan. It is also called 'Ikoma-Shoten' (生駒聖天).


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.

Hozan-ji started when Tankai (湛海) re-opened this training area in the 17th century. Tankai set up a statue of Kankiten at this place in 1678, the official year Hozan-ji was established.

In the Edo period, this temple was one of the most popular Buddhist temples in this region.

Cultural properties[edit]

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)


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