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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
Description: 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's a peaceful and beautiful temple, but there's really nothing setting it apart from other temples which are also recommended to visit. it's an inexpensive way to do some... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed April 14, 2015
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Toronto, Canada
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157 reviews 157 reviews
124 attraction reviews
58 helpful votes 58 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 21, 2015 NEW

Osaka was meant to be a break from the temples and shrines, but I had to go see the Shitennoji Temple, the famed Buddhist temple built in 593 AD and featuring a 5-storey pagoda, sculptures and ponds with turtles. It’s a bit of a walk from Tennoji Station, but worth the walk simply because it’s always fun to experience a... More 

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Johor Bahru, Malaysia
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77 reviews 77 reviews
41 attraction reviews
37 helpful votes 37 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 14, 2015

it's a peaceful and beautiful temple, but there's really nothing setting it apart from other temples which are also recommended to visit. it's an inexpensive way to do some sight-seeing... it's not a temple with busy street stalls along the way to it.

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13 reviews 13 reviews
5 attraction reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 9, 2015

We walked around the temple and when we went in we had the chance to listen to a monk singing for a family. Then we walked up the tower and checked the views. It was great. There are also other things to see around the temple.

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Ibaraki-shi, Osaka, Japan
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12 reviews 12 reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 9, 2015

The oldest architecture for Washu in Japan.you can walk around there.many local shops,people are so kind.I definitely recommend there!

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Los Baños, Laguna, Philippines
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44 reviews 44 reviews
27 attraction reviews
20 helpful votes 20 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 4, 2015

At the time I was in the city, this was the place that had the prettiest cherry blossoms. Among all the tourist areas I visited, this seemed to be the least frequented, perhaps because it's already a bit away from the city center. This is a temple that immediately commanded respect from me. I was hungry but was afraid I'd... More 

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Sydney, Australia
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7 reviews 7 reviews
5 attraction reviews
14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed March 28, 2015

A very nice temple that was recommended by colleagues. It would have been good to have some information available in English to appreciate the culture

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Baguio, Philippines
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33 reviews 33 reviews
26 attraction reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 21, 2015

Wandering around the exterior is already quite an experience. Even if we didn't go inside the inner sanctum and climb the pagoda, it was an experience I will never forget! Read full account here: https://jeffer.wordpress.com/2015/02/17/osaka-japan-2014-shi tennoji-temple/ (remove space between i and t

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Xinbei, Taiwan
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18 helpful votes 18 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 25, 2015

The temple was quiet and peaceful, when we visited it in the morning of Tuesday. It was free of charge walking around the tample without entering to the main building. Using Kaisai Thru pass, we went there by bus.

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Hong Kong, China
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed February 25, 2015

This temple was nice and the main tower was really pretty. However we arrived there at 3:30 and they had closed admission into the main part of the temple so we couldn't go in. It closed at 4:00. So that was a bummer. It was probably a 15 minute walk from Tennoji station.

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Suwon, South Korea
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63 helpful votes 63 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 21, 2015

people can enter temple area free where many temple buildings and bell tower located. but should pay to enter main building and pagoda area. in the main hall, there is shodoku prince statue. he is one of the most famous person in japanese history, and his face is/was on japanese currency bills. he was the person on center who made... More 

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