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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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1-11-18 Shitennoji, Tennoji-ku, Tennoji, Osaka 543-0051, Osaka Prefecture
+81 6-6771-0066
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Reviewed 3 days 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 days 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 1 week ago

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 1 week ago

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 1 week ago

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 2 weeks ago

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.

Thank global3adventure
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Nice Temple and the view from the top of the Pogoda is nice but there is nothing special or different about it. Its interesting that it is in middle of apartment buildings but that is honestly about it.

Thank Leila R
Reviewed August 11, 2018

Nice place but if you've been in Japan for days, it does not offer anything amazing compare to other places. Not sure this would be a must add to your list of temples to see. There is a nice tower nearbye and another small temple....More

Thank Renan B
Reviewed July 14, 2018

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
Reviewed June 26, 2018

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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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