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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 2 other guides
Ranked #24 of 215 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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Mumbai (Bombay), India
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30 reviews 30 reviews
17 attraction reviews
15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
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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Baltimore
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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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Cardiff, United Kingdom
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29 attraction reviews
38 helpful votes 38 helpful votes
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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14 helpful votes 14 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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48 attraction reviews
39 helpful votes 39 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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65 helpful votes 65 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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37 helpful votes 37 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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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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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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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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