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Hoshoin / Osukannon, Nagoya

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A modest, red-lacquered Buddhist temple, Hoshoin / Osukannon remains known for its monthly flea market and profusion of pigeons. Originally built in the 17th century, the temple was unfortunately destroyed and had to be rebuilt in 1970s. Interestingly, it holds the only copy of the Kojiki--ancient chronicles of Japanese history and mythology--though the document remains out of public view. Take advantage of the photo opportunities among the pigeons and picturesque architecture. On the 18th of every month you can hunt for souvenirs at the flea market. Using our online itinerary creator, Nagoya attractions like Hoshoin / Osukannon can form part of a personalized travel itinerary.
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  • Close to subway, small temple but next to shopping street so good to visit. The main hall has a large, red paper lantern hanging from the ceiling where worshipers can tie small paper notes with wishes...  more »
  • Like the title say, it's a Chinese temple which means there're some statue to see. However there's no English description at all. I think it's a good place to visit if you are going to the nearby shop...  more »
  • Not only that you'll be praying respects to the holy spirit here, there're also plenty to see at the nearby market. A lot to do for half a day.  more »

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The central district, just south from the castle and its gardens, houses the bulk of accommodations in Nagoya. You'll find a good range of standard hotels, with onsite restaurants, simple rooms, and perhaps a pool in this area. Look slightly to the west, or closer to the castle,to find more luxurious accommodations. Across the surrounding residential areas, take a look close to the metro stations to find some of the most conveniently located, but budget-friendly hostels and guesthouses.
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