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Address: 1-11-18 Shitennoji, Tennoji-ku, Osaka 543-0051, Osaka Prefecture
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+81 6-6771-0066
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8:30 am - 4:00 pm
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Sun - Sat 8:30 am - 4:00 pm
Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
Fee: No
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The oldest temple in Japan, built over 1,400 years ago, this temple is...

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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Peaceful serenity

Nice place to visit for some peaceful reflection of your inner-zen past life. Not really one of your main tourist attraction, which makes it an ideal place to relax and have some... read more

4 of 5 bubblesReviewed 4 days ago
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Los Angeles, California
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42 reviews
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

Nice place to visit for some peaceful reflection of your inner-zen past life. Not really one of your main tourist attraction, which makes it an ideal place to relax and have some quite time from the usual touristy places in the city.

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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

I think this was one of the temples where I can tell that we're the only foreigners at that time. unlike some of the temples, we went to it feels solemn and more traditional as it is a little tucked away (though a accessible by a 10 minutewalk from Tennoji Station)

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Cebu City
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

This place is a Buddhist temple and is very quiet. It is quite a stroll through a residential area to reach this place. Not a highly touristy area.

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New York City, New York
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed December 8, 2016

They have two towers to visit. One being a pagoda which you can climb with your shoes off (they provide a bag for you to store and carry with) It was a really hot day and they didnt have AC in the pagoda. The other temple is a nice area to pray.

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Wakefield, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed December 6, 2016 via mobile

Whilst this isn't a huge site with lots to see, it's still well worth a visit. The pagoda alone is worthy of seeing and the statues in the shrine are very beautiful. There are also gardens to walk round and the entrance fee is reasonable

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed December 4, 2016

It's not a massive tourist attraction, but the entrance fee is really small. You would go to this place just to see some local attraction and perhaps experience a little of the religion. You can choose to skip it if time is tight, otherwise, why not?

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2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed December 3, 2016 via mobile

We walked through old cemeteries and school on the way to the temple... interesting to see moms pick up mids from school by riding bicycles with 3 kids (1 carried with ergo + 1 in front + 1 at the back)... only in japan i think... For the temple, nothing much to see... i would choose to skip this temple... More 

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Singapore, Singapore
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 24, 2016

It is one of the oldest temples in Japan with a five-storied pagoda, which required admission to see it. However the outer temple grounds are free to enter. Quite a fair bit to see at the outer grounds.

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Singapore, Singapore
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 23, 2016

I always like to visit Temples. This is one of the peaceful and beautiful temple. I was fortunate when i visited the temple around 2pm in the afternoon, the temple was sounding the central bell. It was peaceful with the bells. Overall interesting walk through the grounds.

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Coquitlam, Canada
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 14, 2016

At a little past 5 pm, the inner area was already closed, so I just had to be content with the outer temple grounds consisting of two towers (similar to the ones at Nikko's Toshogu Shrine), a big water tank (kind of reminded me a little of the ones I saw in India), a big temple building (nothing much to... More 

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