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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
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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 4 days ago via mobile

Probably because we arrived late afternoon and it was drizzling.. The temple was quiet with a sense of tranquility that is often missed because of the heavy tourist traffic Love it this way.

Date of experience: December 2018
Thank samsumo1974
Reviewed 1 week ago

it's quite a distance from subway station. spent some time to get to there, but the temple is small. only a couple of tourists there. you may visit here if you have spare time

Date of experience: December 2018
Thank sunl29
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

We walked quite a distance from JR Tennoji station but were quite disappointed that the temple grounds (though very huge and have many buildings) looked sparse and miserable because its mainly concrete. Really a huge contrast from the temples in Kyoto.

Date of experience: December 2018
Thank tripbuggy
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Quite an elaborate temple complex. No photography in the temples. In the main temple there is a spiral staircase which you can carefully climb, possibly the higher up the closer to Nirvana you get. There is a turtle pool here with many many turtles. Well...More

Date of experience: October 2018
Thank foxylady23
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Nice visit to a very traditional temple. People go here to deliver their family members remains so they can create a buddha out of it once every 5 to 10 years.

Date of experience: November 2018
Thank MichaelJT19
Reviewed October 25, 2018

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

Date of experience: October 2018
Thank aaong86
Reviewed October 22, 2018

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

Date of experience: October 2018
Thank petertaylor57
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

Date of experience: April 2018
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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

Date of experience: October 2018
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!

Date of experience: September 2018
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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
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10 days Osaka-Tokyo-Nagano-Kyoto-Osaka itenary (1 Replies)
HI, Will be travelling to Osaka-Tokyo-Nagano-Kyoto-Osaka next week for 10days but yet to finalise on my itenary. Any advise based on my draft itenary...... Day 1 Osaka -Reach Osaka about 8am check into hotels then heading to Kuromon market looking for some nice foods. -Shitennoji Temple -Namba/dotonburi Day 2 Heading to Tokyo & Nagano Day 5 -Kyoto -Nijo Castle -Shin Kyogoku Shopping Arcades -Night-time Exploration of Gion: the Geisha District Day 6 Kyoto ...More
January 08, 2016|
Itinerary in Osaka (3 Replies)
Hi, I have following activities planned in Osaka: Day 1: - Visit Osaka Castle - Visit Shitennoji Temple - Dontonburi/Shinsaibashi area Day 2: - Kaiyukan Aquarium - visit/shop at Umeda - visit namba or go back Dontonburi Is this itinerary ok? or should I do all of them in a day? Thank you;
April 23, 2010|
Response fromDauphinJonas|
You can actually do this in a day , but you have to be out really early. You can start with Osaka Castle - Shittenoji - Lunch at Dotombori Kaiyukan after lunch , EXplore Namba /Shinsaibashi area, (Throw in Somiyoshi Taisha Shrine) In the evening, you may visit Umeda Sky Bldg/ Floating garden and shop around the Umeda area , then have dinner back in Dotombori or aound the Umeda area. But if you opt to do your schedule in two days, then it will surely be at a leisurely pace. Enjoy .
How to use osaka amazing pass (2 Replies)
I am trying to maximize the 2 day osaka amazing pass and my 2 days itinerary will be Day 1 Osaka Museum of Living and Housing Osaka Castle Osaka Castle Nishinomaru Garden Umeda Sky Building Japan night walk tour Day 2 Shitennoji Temple Tennoji Zoo Tempozan Giant Ferris Wheel Dotonbori River Cruise Can someone help which train or route to do first, I tried looking at the map but I am so confuse. Thank you so much in advance, your help is greatly appreciated.
February 23, 2018|
Response fromSammyF1oyd|
There isn't anything particularly wrong with your plans overall. My only comment is to visit the Ferris Wheel either at the beginning of the day or at the end of the day since it's a bit further away. Note that I didn't do the math for you. Just make sure your free admission and transport benefits add up to enough of a value to give you some savings.