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Address: 1-11-18 Shitennoji, Tennoji-ku, Osaka 543-0051, Osaka Prefecture
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+81 6-6771-0066
08:30 - 16:00
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Sun - Sat 08:30 - 16:00
Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
Fee: No

The oldest temple in Japan, built over 1,400 years ago, this temple is...

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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A good find and place to visit

Nice to walk around get a sense of the culture and on occasion you might catch a traditional wedding ceremony.

4 of 5 bubblesReviewed 3 weeks ago
Spring, Texas
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Lismore, New South Wales, Australia
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

We went to the temple for the afternoon and it was so beautiful! We wandered through the temple looking at all the buildings and the ponds. Definitely worth visiting!

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Spring, Texas
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Nice to walk around get a sense of the culture and on occasion you might catch a traditional wedding ceremony.

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

I went to Shitennoji temple on a whim. I didnt have anything to do so why not. Walking around leisurely took less than 1 hour as well and the access was pretty easy - just follow the tourists and youll be fine. Unfortunately when I went, the temple was underconstruction and wont be finished until 2022 - As for tourists,... More 

Thank Chris L
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Since it is the first Buddhist Temple in Japan, my mind felt very calm there, and I wanted to stay for a while for prayer and taking some photos

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Honolulu, Hawaii
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 18 January 2017 via mobile

Wow! Another history experience. I only can imagine in those days...the temple gods were very impressive and POWERFUL...but yet you feel serenity.. couldn't take pictures, so i had to buy postcards...to capture the memories..

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 17 January 2017

On my research I saw that it's a temple closest to where I was staying so I decided to visit. It really wasn't close at all so I ended up walking longer than I intended. It's not like the temples in Kyoto where you'll find a lot of tourists. It kinda felt like I shouldn't really be there taking pictures... More 

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Los Angeles, California
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 12 January 2017

Nice place to visit for some peaceful reflection of your inner-zen past life. Not really one of your main tourist attraction, which makes it an ideal place to relax and have some quite time from the usual touristy places in the city.

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 29 December 2016

I think this was one of the temples where I can tell that we're the only foreigners at that time. unlike some of the temples, we went to it feels solemn and more traditional as it is a little tucked away (though a accessible by a 10 minutewalk from Tennoji Station)

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Cebu City
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 14 December 2016

This place is a Buddhist temple and is very quiet. It is quite a stroll through a residential area to reach this place. Not a highly touristy area.

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New York City, New York
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 8 December 2016

They have two towers to visit. One being a pagoda which you can climb with your shoes off (they provide a bag for you to store and carry with) It was a really hot day and they didnt have AC in the pagoda. The other temple is a nice area to pray.

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