Hannyaji Temple is one of Buddism temples associated with Myokenji Temple (Kyoto).
The temple worships Daikokuten as a guardian of the temple. Daikokuten is one of the Seven Deities of Good Fortune (Shichifukujin) and the symbol of prosperity.
The figure of Daikokuten was allegedly made in the Muromachi period (14th to 16th Century). The same figure is housed in Hieizan Enryakuji Temple (Shiga).
The temple is located near Sumiyoshi Shrine. Therefore, in January, Hannyaji hosts Katano Daikokuten Festival with Sumiyoshi’s Katano Ebisu Festival. (See “Katano Daikokuten Festival” in “Katano Community Report No.3”)
Hannyaji Temple has various seasonal events. On January 1st, for example, temple’s practitioners and Master Nichiyu Hanya challenge a cold water training called “Mizu Gyo”. The purpose of this training is to pray for world peace by sacrificing their bodies. You can see steam comes out from practitioners’ bodies.
In August, Hannyaji Temple holds Bon Dance Festival. This festival is an event to commemorate our ancestors and soldiers who died in World War Ⅱ. In addition to Bon Dance, musicians, Taiko performers, and Kawachi Ondo performers are invited to this festival.
1-7 Kisabe Minami 2 Chome
It is a 10-minute walk from Keihan Sumiyoshi Jinjya Mae Bus Stop.