The Sakai branch of Namba Betsuin Temple is said to have been built in 1603 by Kyonyo (1558-1614), the twelfth head monk of Higashi Hongan-ji Temple. It has long been cherished by many people as a center for the propagation of Buddhism.
In 2012, its garden was redeveloped as a project to commemorate the 750th anniversary of the death of Shinran, the founder of Jōdo Shinshū (Shin Buddhism). The redevelopment created a scene brimming with atmosphere by using many smoked tiles dating from the Meiji period (1868-1912) that had been removeⅾ from Higashi Hongan-ji Temple’s Amida Hall during repairs. The main gate’s west side recreates the feeling of the roof of the Higashi Hongan-ji Temple’s Amida Hall. The benches using concave roof tiles are yet another feature that attracts visitors’ attention.
Location: Sakai-ku, Sakai
Accessibility: open to the public
Garden construction period: in 2012
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