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“Something to see” 3 of 5 stars
Review of Shitennoji Temple

Shitennoji Temple
1-11-18 Shitennoji, Tennoji-ku, Osaka, Osaka Prefecture 543-0051, Japan
+81 6-6771-0066
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Ranked #22 of 214 attractions in Osaka
Type: Religious Sites
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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 named after it,”Shitenno-ji-style temple layout.”
Manila, Philippines
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“Something to see”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 11, 2013

Interesting temple.... I think, when in Osaka, it's nice to include this in your itinerary, rich in history and culture.....it's about 5 minutes walk from the subway Tennoji station. And the garden is also nice, they have cherry blossom trees as well.

Visited April 2013
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“A Nice Temple”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 10, 2013

Located in the heart of Osaka it is a big site with many monuments and a main shrine. Nothing spectacular but easy to access.

Visited March 2013
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Osaka, Japan
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“Worth it for the monthly markets”
2 of 5 stars Reviewed April 9, 2013

This place is terrible. Go to Nara or Kyoto if you want to see temples. The grounds are a dustbowl, the buildings nothing special. BUT once a month they hold markets here with items from bygone eras. You can pick up bargains - an kimono, an obi, old dishes, a carpenters plane. Make an effort to visit if you are in town on the right days. Otherwise forget it.

Visited February 2013
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Cambridge, United Kingdom
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“Peaceful place”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 7, 2013

This temple is a wonderful place to visit and gather your thoughts. The pagoda is lovely and the murals of the life of Buddha inside the first hall are unique.

Going on a Thursday, we had the place almost to ourselves and it was easy to while away an hour or so wandering through the well maintained and pretty Japanese style halls.

Worth a visit.

Visited February 2013
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“Lovely temple, so-so gardens!”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 1, 2013

This temple is definitely worth the visit. Unlike most other temples in Japan there is an entrance fee to enter the actual temple complex (and the adjoining gardens) - the Osaka Pass covers both fees. Once inside the temple complex you can climb up the pagoda however, there isn't much of a view from the top! There are also some lovely paintings in the main shrine building.
The adjoining gardens were a little disappointing (but in all fairness it was winter).
The temple is a bit of a walk from the metro stop but it is easy enough to find.

Visited December 2012
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