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Address: 1-11-18 Shitennoji, Tennoji-ku, Osaka 543-0051, Osaka Prefecture
Phone Number: +81 6-6771-0066
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8:00 am - 4:00 pm
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Sun - Sat 8:00 am - 4:00 pm
Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
Fee: No
Description: 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 must-see!

Wandering around the exterior is already quite an experience. Even if we didn't go inside the inner sanctum and climb the pagoda, it was an experience I will never forget! Read... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed March 21, 2015
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Baguio, Philippines
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Baguio, Philippines
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 21, 2015 NEW

Wandering around the exterior is already quite an experience. Even if we didn't go inside the inner sanctum and climb the pagoda, it was an experience I will never forget! Read full account here: https://jeffer.wordpress.com/2015/02/17/osaka-japan-2014-shi tennoji-temple/ (remove space between i and t

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Xinbei, Taiwan
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 25, 2015

The temple was quiet and peaceful, when we visited it in the morning of Tuesday. It was free of charge walking around the tample without entering to the main building. Using Kaisai Thru pass, we went there by bus.

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed February 25, 2015

This temple was nice and the main tower was really pretty. However we arrived there at 3:30 and they had closed admission into the main part of the temple so we couldn't go in. It closed at 4:00. So that was a bummer. It was probably a 15 minute walk from Tennoji station.

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Suwon, South Korea
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56 helpful votes 56 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 21, 2015

people can enter temple area free where many temple buildings and bell tower located. but should pay to enter main building and pagoda area. in the main hall, there is shodoku prince statue. he is one of the most famous person in japanese history, and his face is/was on japanese currency bills. he was the person on center who made... More 

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San Francisco, California
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 13, 2015

Admission is 300 yen. Take the north exit of the station and keep going straight on Abeno-suji Avenue up towards Tanimachi-suji Avenue. The temple will be on your right. This ancient temple has the 5 layer structure where Buddhists' philosophy of the five elements of the universe parallels that of the Hindu. The five story structure represents the five elements... More 

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Dubai, Dubai, United Arab Emirates
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 11, 2015

It's a lovely place, peaceful and calm. It's important to visit it as it's one of the oldest temples in Japan if not the oldest, not quite sure. Make sure you go inside and see the lovely sculptures.

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Orange, Australia
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed January 2, 2015

The temple is one of the oldest in Japan, originally established in the late 6th century. However, some buildings of the temple have been rebuilt in the 20th century; others have been built or rebuilt in the 17th century. Still some of them are designated as national important cultural properties.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 24, 2014

The zen garden is amazingly manicured & perfectly racked. We went when the flea market was on, so it was packed, but still well worth a visit. There is also lots of amazing street food available during the flea market. Got to view a service I'm process, which was great.

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Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed December 19, 2014

If you are near to Tennoji area, you can pay a visit if you buy the Osaka amazing pass. Nothing excited about the temple. If you don't have pass, I won't suggest because admission fees needed. Not near to subway station. I will suggest to visit temple in Kyoto ;)

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Canton of Valais, Switzerland
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed November 27, 2014

One more temple that I've visited a number of times. I love this place because its quiet and calm. And you feel like you've been transported back in time. However, theres not much to see. Another typical mini Japanese temple. If its on the way I would suggest you stop by.

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