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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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Sun - Sat 8:00 am - 4:00 pm
Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
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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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It looks like all temples in Japan

It nice and relatively large but if you're already going to see a few other temples in Japan, it looks like any other one. In fact, most temples in Japan look the same. I... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed 2 weeks ago
KevnLA310
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Copenhagen, Denmark
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 55 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW

This is must see temple it's one of the best that I've been to in Japan, and old wooden temple one of a kind, you can spend 1-2 hours here, and it's really close to one of Japan's highest skyscrapers only 5 min away

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Los Angeles, California
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

It nice and relatively large but if you're already going to see a few other temples in Japan, it looks like any other one. In fact, most temples in Japan look the same. I suggest not doing more than 3 temple visits in Japan total. If first one or two are cool, but it gets repetitive. Its probably me since... More 

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

It is not only the Temple, it is a kind of 'area' with different buildings en you can visit a few of them. It is a nice place to walk an sit down for a drink or icecream from a vending machine

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Huntington Beach, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Speaking only English is typically an issue when I visit shrines and Temples however the grounds keepers were extremely friendly and explained the whole process of a temple visit from simple prayer to the proper way and place to light both a candle and incense. It was a great experience and I even had a monk explain the best way... More 

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Thank shmoe8
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

This is the first and oldest Buddihist Temple in Japan. It date to 593. It was last rebuilt in 1963. Very impressive. No trip to Japan is complete without a visit to a Buddhist Temple and a Shinto Shrine. I highly recommend this Temple.

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Eindhoven, The Netherlands
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed January 8, 2016 via mobile

We visited this Temple on a January morning in 2016. The Temple itself was under construction and the surrounding area looked rather depressing. They also charge a 300 Yen admission fee which is obviously not worth it. Especially compared to other major attractions. I would recommend to avoid for the time being ( at least for the time it is... More 

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Cluj-Napoca, Romania
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 61 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed January 7, 2016

Although the pagoda was under construction when we went there, the rest of the temple was just as impressive. The grounds of this temple contain a cemetery which is less crowded but nice to visit especially if you're not used to the Japanese burial traditions. There is less information in English here, than other attractions in Osaka and we couldn't... More 

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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 24 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 5, 2016

I only saw the temple on a flea market day and it is huge. The flea market has a few antiques stalls, but it is mainly crafts and street food. Lots of second-hand kimonos for sale, I paid only 100yen (yes, about 50 pence!) for an old kimono, such beautiful fabric. If only I could have carried more!

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Daegu, South Korea
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 17 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed January 4, 2016

We were excited to experience New Year's Eve at a Japanese temple. Google maps actually got us there from the city subway. When we arrived at 11:30 the bell was already quietly tolling ( 108 times). There were long lines of people waiting at three different places to complete their New Year's devotion.We could easily walk around them and visit... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 30, 2015

This is a vast temple complex. There is a big hall, where one can witness monks chanting. The wall of this building has murals depicting the life of Buddha. One can view the murals while listening to the chants and smelling the incense. The pagoda across the big hall is also open to the public. One can climb all the... More 

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