A temple of the Saikoku Kannon Pilgrimage that enshrines the Thousand-Armed Kannon, a National Treasure.
Fujiidera Temple was built during the Hakuho period (late 7th century) as the clan temple of the ancient Fujii clan. It is the fifth temple of the Saikoku Kannon Pilgrimage, a pilgrimage route covering thirty-three Buddhist temples in the Kansai region that enshrine the bodhisattva Kannon (Avalokiteshvara). As such, it draws worshippers and pilgrims from all across Japan. The principal image of worship (honzon) at the temple is a dry lacquer statue of the seated Senju Kannon (Thousand-Armed Kannon), which is a National Treasure of Japan. It is the only Buddhist statue from the Nara period (710–794) in Osaka Prefecture and is unveiled on the 18th day of every month. The temple’s four-legged gate is a superb example of a Momoyama-style structure and has been designated an Important Cultural Property of Japan. In spring, beautiful wisteria blossoms hang from trellises in the precincts.