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Shitennoji

Open today: 8:30 AM - 4:00 PM
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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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Hours Today: 8:30 AM - 4:00 PM
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Suggested duration: 1-2 hours
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1-11-18 Shitennoji Tennojiku, Tennoji, Osaka 543-0051, Osaka Prefecture
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Reviewed 4 days ago

This temple is located within a complex of surrounding buildings. All of them tell a story. The 5 story pagoda is actually quite pretty. Take your time to slowly wander around and explore everything here. Quite a harmonious place to visit and not too crowded.

Date of experience: April 2019
Thank Randall K
Reviewed 1 week ago

A beautiful buddhist temple, also the oldest! A nice walk and nice atmosphere. Definetely worth of seeing, it's fairly interesting to see something like this, since I'm a european.

Date of experience: November 2018
Thank zvav
Reviewed 1 week ago

This is an excellent place to visit. It has a fantastic 5 storey pagoda and hall. It is well worth paying the entrance to go inside. You can go inside the pagoda which is quite rare to be allowed to go inside and climb to...More

Date of experience: April 2019
Thank B T
Reviewed 1 week ago

Shitennoji is probably the less crowded temples that I attended. However, I went on a brisk early Saturday mornings and I'm sure people were still asleep. However, I must say probably the best time to go! The temple is the oldest in town, but very...More

Date of experience: April 2019
Thank Bao H
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

The five storied Pagoda is very pretty and the other buildings with Buddha’s are interesting. You only need to spend about 40 minutes here. It was interesting but not outstanding

Date of experience: April 2019
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Reviewed February 19, 2019

This is a very nice temple complex with a number of buildings with nice sculpture and interesting history. You are NOT allowed to take photos of some of the things so, please ask or look for the icon for NO PHOTOS. Saw a interesting festival...More

Date of experience: January 2019
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Reviewed January 20, 2019

The temple is easily accessible by public transport. The temple is big and quiet even with some crowds of people. You could find yourself staying in a quiet temple for the whole afternoon. There is a rest room for visitors so you don't have to...More

Date of experience: January 2019
1  Thank cliffwonghp
Reviewed January 10, 2019 via mobile

This was our final “history and culture” stop for our project oishi which covers Kyoto Osaka. As it was a weekday, the flea market was closed (it opens only on Sunday we understand). Did not see any tourist and mainly locals. Still it provided many...More

Date of experience: January 2019
1  Thank 9357MarkY
Reviewed January 4, 2019

Yet another good temple to visit when in Osaka. It is set in a peaceful setting and is easily reached via public transport

Date of experience: November 2018
1  Thank Livetotravel747
Reviewed December 30, 2018 via mobile

This is one of the oldest temples in Japan. Established in the 6th century and by way of Buddhist religion. Very good trip to try and understand Japanese culture. Also serene surroundings allow you time to reflect. You can enter the temple grounds for free...More

Date of experience: November 2018
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rachaelphilip
November 3, 2015|
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Response from carmensakura07 | Reviewed this property |
There is a fee if you want to enter the temple inner surroundings. But if you remain outside, you don't have to pay.
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Sachizmom
October 19, 2015|
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Inner precinct Hours: 8:30 to 16:30 (until 16:00 from October through March) Closed: No closing days Fees: 300 yen Gokuraku-jodo Garden Hours: 8:30 to 16:30 (until 16:00 from October through March) Admission ends 30... More
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