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Shitennoji Temple

1-11-18 Shitennoji, Tennoji-ku, Osaka, Osaka Prefecture 543-0051, Japan
+81 6-6771-0066
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Ranked #21 of 222 Attractions in Osaka
Type: Religious Sites
Fee: No
Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
Owner description: 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... more » Owner description: 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.” « less
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 20, 2014 NEW

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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Bangkok, Thailand
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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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New Orleans, Louisiana
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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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Mumbai (Bombay), India
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 21, 2014

The Shi-tennoji temple is worth a visit. I reached it by taxi from the Osaka Castle, and after the visit walked from the temple to the Tennoji station. There is also a Shi-tennoji stop on the Osaka metro system. There is a small fee to enter the temple complex, and you get a write up in your language when you... More

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 1, 2014

Shi-tennoji Temple is probably one of Osaka's top attractions, but if you've seen the temples in Kyoto, Shi-tennoji will likely pale in comparison. The pagoda is nice, but the lands surrounding the temple aren't anything special. Cool paintings are housed in one of the buildings. One of the trams take you close to the temple.

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Bristol, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 1, 2014

A great place and worth the 15-20 minute walk from Tenoji station. It was a lot less busy than other temples and shrines that we had visited and we enjoyed exploring. There are many shrines and temples to see. It is free to enter the grounds, but you have to pay a small fee to enter the main temple and... More

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 19, 2014

Gps and google maps gave 5 different directions after we arrived at Tennoji train station. People in the street did not know either. Spent 680 yens and arrived in 5 min. Save your time.

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Yokosuka, Japan
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 5, 2014

It was a little walk from Tsutenkaku. It is the first Buddhist temple in Japan. It was nice to be able to walk around and see without it being packed. They did have ponds full of turtles which did make it a little different from previous temples I have visited.

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Adelaide, Australia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 4, 2014

I think it's one of the oldest temples around, but free to enter the ground. certainly a nice place to come

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Cairns
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 30, 2014

We used our Osaka Unlimited pass to gain free entry to the inner temple compound containing the 5 story pagoda. We climbed the spiral staircase to the top. It was very small inside so avoid this if you are claustrophobic. We enjoyed the serenity here.

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