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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
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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Very peaceful

It is a large temple with many historic and beautiful buildings and shrines. There is an incredible amount of history and reverence. The architecture is also quite beautiful... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed July 22, 2015
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Ann Arbor, Michigan

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 31, 2015 NEW

I feel like i was robbed at the day light. My advice from station is quite far from near station. Im suggesting using map and pocket wifi. Not really fantastic. In the paid area there are main hall and tower. Cannot take a photo and inside of them is nothing. Unless you come to pray in Buddha religion. Dont bother... More 

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Ann Arbor, Michigan
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 22, 2015

It is a large temple with many historic and beautiful buildings and shrines. There is an incredible amount of history and reverence. The architecture is also quite beautiful. Would definitely recommend a visit if you're in Osaka.

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Johor Bahru, Malaysia
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 133 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 10, 2015

Far from the madding crowd, and the opposite of the crazy, trendy frenzy of Osaka's shopping districts, Shitennoji Temple is a space of peace and tranquillity in the middle of the city. What I loved was its distinctly local feel, with fewer tourists in sight. I ended up wandering in this area the whole afternoon and stumbled across an amazing... More 

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 9, 2015

A 10-minute walk from the station. We went during the Tanabata celebrations. The whole area was very lively. There were many stalls for food and games. At the end they had a fire ritual to burn the paper wishes that visitors wrote and tied to the bamboo.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 30, 2015

Always a nice pleasure to come here. Sometimes there are also interesting entertainment going on as well. Not much people, but usually crowded during weekends and market days.

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Gold Coast
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 28, 2015

To that end, we felt a little out of place here ... we stumbled across it looking for the zoo. The statues at the front gates were particularly intimidating. We ook a short walk around, paid respects and left.

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Kuala Lumpur, Wilayah Persekutuan, Malaysia
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed June 23, 2015

This temple has been around for a long long time. The temple had a little pool where there were ducks and tortoise. It was really peaceful and clean. Overall, it is a place of worship and people still use it.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 22, 2015

Most Japan tourists come to Osaka to take a break from marvelous temples of Kyoto and Nara, but Shitenno-ji Temple is still a recommended destination in Osaka! The first true Buddhist temple, Shitenno-ji is a serene complex in the midst of the bustling city scene that is perfect to stroll especially in the early morning. Shitenno-ji Temple is dedicated to... More 

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed June 19, 2015

This is a rather average and not too impressive temple. The temple is located a 10-minute walk from the central Tennoji station. It features several shrines and a pagoda. As we were visiting the place after dark, we were unable to access one of the shrines, but managed to have a decent 15 minute stroll through the temple's ground, which... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 7, 2015

Beautiful and silent place in the middle of the city. This is the main Buddhist temple of Osaka. No admission fees.

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Address: 1-11-18 Shitennoji, Tennoji-ku, Osaka 543-0051, Osaka Prefecture
Phone Number: +81 6-6771-0066
Location: Asia  >  Japan  >  Kinki  >  Osaka Prefecture  >  Osaka
Open Hours:
Sunday 8:00 am - 4:00 pm
Monday 8:00 am - 4:00 pm
Tuesday 8:00 am - 4:00 pm
Wednesday 8:00 am - 4:00 pm
Thursday 8:00 am - 4:00 pm
Friday 8:00 am - 4:00 pm
Saturday 8:00 am - 4:00 pm

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