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Shitennoji Temple

Open today: 08:30 - 16:00
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The oldest temple in Japan, built over 1,400 years ago, this temple is famous for its symmetrical design and even has an architectural arrangement named after it,”Shitenno-ji-style temple layout.”
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Hours Today: 08:30 - 16:00
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Suggested duration: 1-2 hours
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1-11-18 Shitennoji, Tennoji-ku, Tennoji, Osaka 543-0051, Osaka Prefecture
+81 6-6771-0066
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Reviewed 2 days ago

This is a very nice temple complex with a number of buildings with nice sculpture and interesting history. You are NOT allowed to take photos of some of the things so, please ask or look for the icon for NO PHOTOS. Saw a interesting festival...More

Date of experience: January 2019
Thank norman m
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

The temple is easily accessible by public transport. The temple is big and quiet even with some crowds of people. You could find yourself staying in a quiet temple for the whole afternoon. There is a rest room for visitors so you don't have to...More

Date of experience: January 2019
1  Thank cliffwonghp
Reviewed 10 January 2019 via mobile

This was our final “history and culture” stop for our project oishi which covers Kyoto Osaka. As it was a weekday, the flea market was closed (it opens only on Sunday we understand). Did not see any tourist and mainly locals. Still it provided many...More

Date of experience: January 2019
1  Thank 9357MarkY
Reviewed 4 January 2019

Yet another good temple to visit when in Osaka. It is set in a peaceful setting and is easily reached via public transport

Date of experience: November 2018
1  Thank Livetotravel747
Reviewed 31 December 2018 via mobile

This is one of the oldest temples in Japan. Established in the 6th century and by way of Buddhist religion. Very good trip to try and understand Japanese culture. Also serene surroundings allow you time to reflect. You can enter the temple grounds for free...More

Date of experience: November 2018
2  Thank MaxManila
Reviewed 27 December 2018

There's nothing wrong with Shitennoji Temple in the slightest. A brief break form the hustle of Osaka was a welcomed sight. The temple area is quite large with multiple buildings, a pagoda, koi and turtles in the ponds and plenty of space to wander around....More

Date of experience: November 2018
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Reviewed 22 December 2018 via mobile

We walked from the city to get here. It was a hilly walk as you get closer. There is a garden nearby but you have to pay to get in. There is also a cemetery nearby. There was a ceremony/prayer when we went so had...More

Date of experience: August 2018
Thank Giov_Ch
Reviewed 16 December 2018

We hade visited Shinsekai and didn't know what to do next so we went to see this Shitenni´oji garden. It's small and a bit average or maybe we felt that way because we'd seen so many wonderful ones in Kyoto.

Date of experience: December 2018
Thank Elina S
Reviewed 16 December 2018 via mobile

It was a simple temple well kept and much revered by locals. The surrounding temple grounds were huge and spacious. Steep climb up the pagoda must be executed without shoes.

Date of experience: December 2018
Thank macaiwar
Reviewed 15 December 2018

A bit of a walk to get here but I thought well worth it. In the short road to the first main entrance gate, there are stalls set up selling snacks and souvenirs. The temple is not as impressive as some others I have seen...More

Date of experience: December 2018
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Response from YUFEC11 | Reviewed this property |
there is a fee for inside area, for outside area free, i suggest dont enter the paid area. worthless
19 October 2015|
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Response from EllenAndySoo | Reviewed this property |
Inner precinct Hours: 8:30 to 16:30 (until 16:00 from October through March) Closed: No closing days Fees: 300 yen Gokuraku-jodo Garden Hours: 8:30 to 16:30 (until 16:00 from October through March) Admission ends 30... More