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Shitennoji Temple

1-11-18 Shitennoji, Tennoji-ku, Osaka 543-0051, Osaka Prefecture
+81 6-6771-0066
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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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  • Poor2%
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1-11-18 Shitennoji, Tennoji-ku, Osaka 543-0051, Osaka Prefecture
+81 6-6771-0066
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Reviewed 16 April 2016

This historic temple complex is very interesting. There are a number of different buildings. Unfortunately the main temple is covered with wrapping for renovation. Still, there were other buildings to visit, very pleasant gardens, and ponds with turtles and fish. It is free to walk...More

Thank kupunakane
Reviewed 14 April 2016

This is great shrine to visit and get a very real sense of a daily working shrine. If you are lucky you may see a wedding occurring when you are there.

Thank gregandgraham
Reviewed 14 April 2016

You can walk around the temple for free, but its hard to enjoy any kind of "temple" atmosphere with dozens of machines gunning away all day. The main temple is completely blocked off...I've never seen so many workers at one place before. It's only 300...More

Thank AlexanderCampy
Reviewed 11 April 2016 via mobile

Some of buildings are over 1000 years old. There are a lot of Cherry blossoms which amazed and shocked us. The temples had taught us a lot Japan culture and Buddhism. A must visit temple is Osaka for sure.

Thank David H
Reviewed 10 April 2016

This temple is nice. The Pagoda is actually under construction. If you start your trip in Tokyo and end in Osaka it is not necessary to visit Shitennoji.

Thank FelixNico
Reviewed 9 April 2016 via mobile

This is the oldest Buddhist temple in Japan which was built in 953. On this alone it is featured in travel catalogues etc.. We went in April 2016 and discovered that the main pagoda in boarded up for extensive renovation. For a tourist destination, it...More

Thank CKY281
Reviewed 8 April 2016

This temple is in the heart of Tennoji, South-Osaka and is a sprawling complex of different temples. If you want to escape the hustle and bustle of Osaka for an hour - this is the place to go. Stroll through the compound and have a...More

Thank Ralf T
Reviewed 31 March 2016

Even though the Pagoda is covered due to ongoing restoration work the rest of the buildings are beautiful and the grounds allow for some nice photos. There were few tourists there during our weekday visit which was a real plus.

Thank seafare74
Reviewed 30 March 2016

Like many of japans temples this got the classic spirituality meets tourism. the temples are the same as you see all over Japan bustling with tourists. The best part of the tempe is that its close to the zoo so its possible to visit to...More

Thank etrym
Reviewed 24 March 2016

It was interesting to visiting this historical site. Great cultural experience for us and easy to get to.

Thank Klala0909
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3 November 2015|
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Response from carmensakura07 | Reviewed this property |
There is a fee if you want to enter the temple inner surroundings. But if you remain outside, you don't have to pay.
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