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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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Reviewed 1 week ago

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 2 weeks ago

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 3 weeks ago 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 3 weeks ago 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

Thank William S
Reviewed 4 weeks ago 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.

Thank Kasemsuk T
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

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.

Thank Matt K
Reviewed September 7, 2018

This temple is quite a sprawling complex. The three main buildings require a ticket, but the surrounding grounds can be viewed without one. To me, the biggest deal was that when I went into the central building, a priest was chanting, incense was burning. I...More

Thank Zelda_of_Arel
Reviewed September 2, 2018

A Buddhist temple in the centre of town. A large courtyard complex, with several majestic gate entrances, continues to be an active place of worship. Significant distractions as the central pagoda, and grounds were undergoing extensive renovations and there was a large flea market happening.

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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