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Shitennoji Temple

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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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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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One of the oldest temple in Japan

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... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed January 11, 2015
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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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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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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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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 29, 2014

One of my favorite temples in Osaka . This place inspired me, I felt serenity there . I liked every sculpture but more the painting in the great hall . Two bad that you need to pay more to acces the tresors hall . A discount is available ( from 600 yen to 200 yen ) for students ( japanese... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 24, 2014

Far from subway station and senior visitors should take the taxi in going back and forth. We had the opportunity to see in one of the temples the ordination of a buddhist monk.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 20, 2014

There is a flea market on the 21st and 22nd of each month. When we visited on 21st September, there were thousands of people, really crowded. There is a 5-storey pagoda, which is the only one that I came across in Osaka that I can climb up. However, you would have to take off your shoes and put inside a... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 10, 2014

Very nice and calm near Tennoji park and zoo. I would recommend visiting all of these places in the afternoon.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 8, 2014

Juxtaposed against some of the most ultramodern buildings in Osaka, the Shi-tennoji is in a very real sense, the ancient soul of the city, and beyond. Shi-tennoji is the oldest Buddhist temple in Japan, commissioned by the devoutly Buddhist Prince Shotoku (a master of the sutras by age 7) and completed in 593 by carpenters from the Kingdom of Baekje... More 

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