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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 #21 of 201 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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Coventry, United Kingdom
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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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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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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 1, 2014

Lots of open space, but many great structures to look at and take photos of. Great for New Years and Spring. Glad I came to see this and would recommend seeing this if you are tired of seeing modern structures all day!

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Stockholm, Sweden
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 25, 2014

For people like me, who love visiting shrines and temples in Japan this one is really worth a visit. It has beauty and you can really feel all the traditions in there.

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Ipoh, Malaysia
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed December 28, 2013

After few days of "temple-walking" in Kyoto & Osaka, had been immune with the nice view... Anyway, if time is allow, walk around & snap some photos are great & fun... walk from here to Shinseki is a nice walk ... feel the neighbourhood..

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Seremban, Malaysia
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed November 21, 2013

There's nothing special about this temple unless you like Pagoda. You can skip this place if you have not enough time.

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed November 13, 2013

we are using the osaka unlimited pass to get into this temple & the Honbo garden. it just took us less than 10 mins to discover the pagoda. outside the temple there are some shrine, a pond with many turtles and the surrounding was peaceful and quite. Nothing much to see in the garden, just a few buildings and some... More

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New Westminster, Canada
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 7, 2013 via mobile

I've never seen so many turtles in my life. Also the pagoda is like 5 stories of stairs for very little pay off. It's cramped, hot, not much to see and if you're of average westerner height you will probably bang your head a few times. It looks nice from the outside though, and for 300¥ a person it might... More

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed October 1, 2013

its nice but if time is short dont go.... kyoto's temple is 30mi from there and much more beautiful u can see the temple for free... but some houses had a small fee

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Melbourne, Australia
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 7, 2013

As well as the temple its self there are a group of other shrines to see in the same park. A Japanese garden a cemetry and a couple of ponds full of turtles (if you have kids take something to feed to the turtles). Most of the park is free, but you need to pay to go into the enclosure... More

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