The Lucky Daruma Temple: Katsuoji

Want to win something, anything? Come to Katsuoji

By Masayoshi Hirose    - 1 min read

Here is the Lucky Daruma Temple, Katsuoji, in Mino City, Osaka.

You can enjoy a comfortable stroll from Mino Station to "Meji Period's Mino Forest Waterfall." Beyond the waterfall on a mountain road is a temple.

Here at Katsuoji there is a long history of people that came to pray for good luck to win events in their lives. Most notably are famous warlords or generals, such as Genji and Ashikaga. As people came to prayer here to win contests or events, more and more Katsuoji became known as the "temple of the winner's luck." Even now, there are Daruma dolls watching over us here and there around the temple grounds. Such charming Daruma charms, please give us your luck!

This is one of a three part photo series of Katsuo Temple​ 

  1. The Lucky Daruma Temple: Katsuoji
  2. Hokusetsu's Fiery Daruma Temple​
  3. Blossoming Flowers of Daruma Temple

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Justin Velgus (ジャスティン ベルガス) is a long-term resident and promoter in the Tohoku region. He has been a content producer for since 2012 and was the Miyagi Prefecture Regional Partner 2013-2015. Justin’s over 300 published travel and culture articles come from a background of studying in Akita, teaching English in Miyagi through the JET Program, and working for the government in Fukushima. He lives in the gyutan capital of the world, Sendai.   Justin is an expert in local culture and history. He was the first foreign volunteer at Sendai City Museum and regularly advises the local volunteer guide group GOZAIN , which he is a veteran member, on guiding techniques and hidden locations in the city even locals don't know about. In his free time he enjoys delivering original walking tours, such as his Dark Sendai Tour (ghost tour) or Kokubuncho Mystery Tour (redlight district tour). Justin is also a Certified Sake Professional.

Original by Masayoshi Hirose