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Shitennoji Temple

1-11-18 Shitennoji, Tennoji-ku, Tennoji, Osaka 543-0051, Osaka Prefecture
+81 6-6771-0066
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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.”
  • Excellent29%
  • Very good48%
  • Average20%
  • Poor2%
  • Terrible1%
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“flea market” (20 reviews)
“tennoji station” (16 reviews)
“main hall” (9 reviews)
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Hours Today: 8:30 AM - 4:00 PM
Suggested Duration: 1-2 hours
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1-11-18 Shitennoji, Tennoji-ku, Tennoji, Osaka 543-0051, Osaka Prefecture
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+81 6-6771-0066
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Reviewed 1 week ago

We were in Osaka at the time of the Tanabata Festival. The first night it rained but the weather was nice on the second night and we went to the Shitennoji Temple. They had lots of food and games booths. The temple is beautiful and...More

Thank kimcheeboy
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Shitennoji is in renovation during our visit. Visit the garden as the ticket is included. The garden is pretty and have a Octagon Shape Hut. We also pay a visit to experience the high tea inside the garden.

Thank Kiky101
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Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Directly in downtown Osaka is Shitennoji Temple. After seeing so many temples the last two weeks, I would not have been impressed. This one happened to have a live ceremony happening inside and it was pretty inspired to sit back as bystander and watch. We're...More

Thank LuxeFamilyFun
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Reviewed May 26, 2018 via mobile

Very quite and beautiful. Worth the visit even though their are renovations to the main temple. Lovely walk through the trees and outer buildings.

Thank lovehols4
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Reviewed May 11, 2018

The site is dominated by the rectangular Central Precinct (Garan - paid entry) which comprises the Chumon, a 5-storey Pagoda, Kondo (Main Hall) and Kodo (Lecture and Assembly Hall). The precinct is surrounded by a covered arcade open on the inner side. Hanging from the...More

2  Thank phshanks
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Reviewed April 30, 2018

It was beautiful cherry blossom time of the year! Walking in the back garden with a lake tied everything nicely.

Thank Mia C
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Reviewed April 20, 2018 via mobile

It's a nice space and the prayer chamber is solemn and nice to see. The main pagoda was being renovated when we were there which took away from some of the value of the experience.

Thank BCStereotype
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Reviewed April 15, 2018

Came here in the morning and was surprised by all the markets surrounding the Temple. There were pretty much no other foreigners around, which is surprising considering how old the temple is and it's history. You need to pay to get in, but it's a...More

Thank Lachlan T
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Reviewed April 13, 2018

There are temples and shrines everywhere in Japan. After a while you tend to become selective which ones you visit and miss. If you are only in Osaka, then yes visit. If you are going to Kyoto, give it a miss, there are much more...More

2  Thank Henwood1
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Reviewed April 6, 2018

Went on a weekday so it was rather quiet but it was a nice place to just walk and look around. The pagoda was still accessible but there was construction going on, so I gave it a miss

Thank DaffyT55
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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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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
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