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Shitennoji Temple

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
As featured in 3 Days in Osaka
1-11-18 Shitennoji, Tennoji-ku, Tennoji, Osaka 543-0051, Osaka Prefecture
+81 6-6771-0066
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Most Helpful Positive Review
Reviewed April 4, 2008

On the 21st of every month there is a huge temple sale (flea market). Everything from swords, kimonos, kokeshi dolls, pottery, the list goes on and on. Haggling is fine here, I rarely pay the first price they ask for.

11  Thank expat2
Most Helpful Critical Review
Reviewed October 9, 2015 via mobile

For a tourist attraction mentioned in various guides there is almost no tourists here. Please be aware that there is also no English and that here is no information to tell you the main temple is completely covered and under renovation/construction even when you arrive....More

3  Thank msg84
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

This is a peaceful temple which I visited on a Friday morning where there is not many people or tourist.

Thank aaong86
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Apparently, one of the earliest Buddhist temples in Japan and founded by Shotoku Taishi. This was the draw card for me, so I set off. It's about a 10 min walk from Tennoji Station and to be honest, you'd thnnk the locals might make more...More

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Reviewed October 10, 2018

First of all, it is a complex of buildings, temples, and cemetery. We accidentally came to the temple from the cemetery side and even that was interesting. That day there was some holiday and there were a lot of people selling their handmade things, a...More

Thank Pavel K
Reviewed October 2, 2018

Peaceful, restful, spiritual temple in the city. Many different buildings on the site but the Pagoda tower is the highlight. A large pond full of turtles in front of one of the temples were fun to watch. There is also a cemetery with really ornate,...More

Thank Reuben J
Reviewed September 26, 2018 via mobile

Shitennoji is well worth a visit - great pagoda and a few smaller temples and the art in the main hall is impressive. Cemetery adjacent very peaceful too!

Thank glennharrold
Reviewed September 21, 2018 via mobile

A regular Buddhist temple near Tennōji Park. Well used but in decent shape it is busy enough to offer the fragrance of incense and the sight of burning candles and other memorabilia common to active temples. It offers a serene experience and a respite from...More

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Reviewed September 15, 2018 via mobile

This is said to be very old temple, first buddhist temple in Japan. I like to see historical place, something special so this is one of my destinations in the list. You are also allowed to go inside the pagoda but need to buy ticket.

1  Thank Kasemsuk T
Reviewed September 14, 2018

Worth a visit. Good place to spend and hour or so wandering around. Close to other places as well. We enjoyed it

Thank Tony P
Reviewed September 10, 2018

While in Osaka, you should definitely see this temple. It's one of the oldest temple's in Japan and most of it is actually reconstructed many times, but the beautiful color of the big tower is worth it. Watch the buildings closely, some of them have...More

Thank Büşra O
Reviewed September 9, 2018

I enjoyed visiting Shitennoji Temple. The grounds are very nice. The statues and paintings on the wall are beautiful. Some parts of the site are under renovation, but it was still very nice to visit.

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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.
October 19, 2015|
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Response from EllenAndySoo | Reviewed this property |
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