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Address: 1-11-18 Shitennoji, Tennoji-ku, Osaka 543-0051, Osaka Prefecture
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Phone Number: +81 6-6771-0066
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8:00 am - 4:00 pm
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Hours:
Sun - Sat 8:00 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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Beautiful temples

I visited here in the early morning so there are not many people, and it was silent. Temples are very clean and I can really see the culture. It's free to visit.

4 of 5 starsReviewed 2 weeks ago
AllisonLai
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Taichung, Taiwan
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Sydney, Australia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

Married to a Japanese woman for 32 years, my married life has included almost yearly trips, (though recently more than that) to Osaka Japan and always to Shitennoji Temple. We always walk through the grounds several times each visit and feel the presence of the many spirits that live there. Recently, both of my wife's parents share a shrine within... More 

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Townsville, Australia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

Beautiful temple, looked even nicer the night we went as a festival of some sort was taki6ng place. Lots of food, locals in yukata and lights everywhere. Pretty!

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Takarazuka, Japan
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

I go to the temple to see or feed to turtles. It's so relax and good to see them. They seems so happy to living in the pond. I am come back for sure!!!

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Taichung, Taiwan
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

I visited here in the early morning so there are not many people, and it was silent. Temples are very clean and I can really see the culture. It's free to visit.

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Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
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16 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

inside this temple you can find big pond, inside the pond have a lots of maybe thousand fish and also turtle. this temple area really wide, you can enjoy the scenery and dont forget to take a pict

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Osaka, Japan
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

This was the original location of the first Buddhist temple set up by Prince Shotoku in 593. It is a must for historical enthusiasts and also has a fine garden nearby. A national landmark!

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Foulridge, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

We visited here to get a taste of ancient Japan and their culture. The temples and older buildings are beautiful and this is no exception. A must when visiting.

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Bern, Switzerland
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Although it was Tuesday when we visit, there are quite a lot of visiter. Also there had been a flee market which is a great surprised. If you like to pick up some used Yukata, this may be the place to be.

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Shanghai, China
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed June 16, 2016

We were very disappointed as the temple was in renovation during our trip. You could not see the shrine tower, so you basically just stroll inside 2 temples without much explanation about what is inside.

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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed June 13, 2016

I was stayed closed to Shitennoji Temple during my stay in Osaka, The Temple itself was great and historic but park of it is under renovation for a couple year and the admission is free is you have the Osaka Amazing Pass

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