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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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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

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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cultural site worth a visit

located near to tennoji station (you can either walk, take a cab or the tram depending on your situation) this is a typical japanese temple that is extremely crowed on special... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed 1 week ago
Singapore, Singapore

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Wellington, New Zealand
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW

There's very little English here and it is a bit difficult to find if you're not great with direction, but it is one of the oldest and most important Buddhist temples in all of Japan. The inner pavilion/pagoda area and museum are both 500 yen each for admission, but the grounds and gardens are worth taking in and can be... More 

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Singapore, Singapore
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

located near to tennoji station (you can either walk, take a cab or the tram depending on your situation) this is a typical japanese temple that is extremely crowed on special occasions (new years etc) you can visit to soak in the atmosphere and make a offering for good luck.

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Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates
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8 reviews
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

It was under maintenance. No English information. We were disappointed. It was not worth the hassle of finding the place.

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Melaka, Malaysia
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

The Temple and the surrounding is extremely and calm, it is a good place to meditate. Despite of part of the temple is under renovation during our visit, we still enjoyed the visit very much. We have the chance to witness a monk doing prayer for the local in the temple, which is an eye opener for all of us.... More 

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Petaling Jaya, Malaysia
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We reached at its closing time at 4pm so we took a walk around the temple grounds instead. Photo taking opportunities available with the trees changing into the vibrant colours of yellow and red.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 weeks ago

I went to Shitennoji Temple for 2 things - the flea market (which occurs monthly on 21st and 22nd of each month) and to see the temple itself. I attended the market on the 21st Sep myself, as the market on the first day is allegedly the bigger one, but I wouldn't know. The market is fun - it has... More 

1 Thank butterpies
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 17, 2015

A short trip on train to Nana, then a local takes you straight there, it's a huge park full of deer and I mean full of deer,so tame they will let you stroke them without flinching . The walk up to the Shrine is lovely. Thousands of people get there early as poss. Huge Buddah as you enter.still not as... More 

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Edinburgh, United Kingdom
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed October 9, 2015

For a tourist attraction mentioned in various guides there is almost no tourists here. Please be aware that there is also no English and that here is no information to tell you the main temple is completely covered and under renovation/construction even when you arrive. You only find out when you see the temple itself! Some of the grounds are... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 9, 2015

This place is so peaceful it's not to be missed. Alas at the moment the pogada is under renovation and can not be viewed as it is under scaffolding and plastic sheeting. The rest of this area is worth seeing. It has a small zen garden and pools full of turtles. Pray to budda and enjoy.

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Manila, Philippines
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 1, 2015

A Buddhist temple about 5 minutes walk from Shitennoji-mae station. You can get in free if you have the Osaka Amazing pass. There was a Buddhism ceremony when we went there and got in for free (saved 300 yen). You can see a really old Temple and a Buddha inside. There's also a museum which showcases different artifacts depends on... More 

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