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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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As featured in 3 days in Osaka and 3 other guides
Ranked #23 of 214 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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12 reviews 12 reviews
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8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
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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40 attraction reviews
38 helpful votes 38 helpful votes
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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134 reviews 134 reviews
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61 helpful votes 61 helpful votes
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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63 reviews 63 reviews
16 attraction reviews
36 helpful votes 36 helpful votes
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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Manila, Philippines
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11 reviews 11 reviews
7 attraction reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 14, 2014

The place is amazing! It's like a compound filled with shrines. Beyond the walls of the main temple, there are tons of incense cauldron and other icons like the wheel that gives you fortune or luck. There are tons of temples, but you may want to go to the main temple - don't forget your Kansai thru pass discount coupons... More

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Cottage Grove, Minnesota
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24 helpful votes 24 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 26, 2014

Exactly what I was expecting to see at a shrine on my first visit to Japan. This shrine was close to our hotel- the new Marriott, and we walked there. Free to walk around the grounds. Most of the grounds contained a book sale when we were there. We did pay to in by the temple (300 yen) and the... More

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Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam
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8 attraction reviews
17 helpful votes 17 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 26, 2014

The temple set aside all the noise and rushness of the 2nd biggest city in Japan. It was such a pleasure to visit this place and enjoying the view. There was many students and business men come to pray for silence.

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Milan, Italy
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38 helpful votes 38 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 25, 2014

Even if I wouldn't compare it to Kyoto's or Nara temples I would recommend a visit to Shitennoji while in Osaka, first of all as is really contrasting with the rest of the city: a really peaceful and relaxed atmosphere in a very fast metropolis (and except for the new skyscraper, once inside you don't even see the buildings sourrounding... More

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Coventry, United Kingdom
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41 helpful votes 41 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 15, 2014

This is the first Buddhist and oldest administered building in Japan with an impressive 5 story pagoda at its centre, which can be climbed. The other buildings are equally impressive with a string of prayer lanterns along the Buddhist equivalent of cloisters.

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Ipswich, United Kingdom
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55 helpful votes 55 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 6, 2014

I visited this temple as part of a tour, this was the first Buddhist temple I visited and I liked it a lot. Impressive sculptures of Buddha and other deities inside the temples (although you can't take photos inside).

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