Tucked in the lush forest hills of Mino, just north of Osaka, the Katsuo-ji Temple is a mesmerizing place to spend an afternoon. Cross the entry gate bridge during the release of the mist, said to have rejuvenating and cleansing abilities. Meander the grounds and spot the miniature Daruma dolls that fill the landscape – placed by visitors hoping for ‘winner’s luck’ and success in achieving their goals. Don’t miss the koi pond where you can feed hundreds of brightly colored fish. Stay long enough and you may hear the monks’ calming chants echo throughout this Buddhist temple as you enjoy the beautiful gardens and scenery.