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“Can skip this place if not much time!”
Review of Shitennoji Temple

Shitennoji Temple
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$290.00*
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Private Full Day Tour of Osaka Temples, Gardens and Kofun Tombs
Ranked #20 of 1,212 things to do in Osaka
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Fee: No
Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
Owner description: 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.”
Reviewed November 13, 2013

we are using the osaka unlimited pass to get into this temple & the Honbo garden. it just took us less than 10 mins to discover the pagoda.
outside the temple there are some shrine, a pond with many turtles and the surrounding was peaceful and quite.
Nothing much to see in the garden, just a few buildings and some trees.
we pass by some cemetery on the way to this temple from 四天王寺前夕陽ヶ丘駅 Station. no signboard from subway to this temple. just ask around the local people to get here. not recommended if you short of time in Osaka. you can see more nice temple in Kyoto.

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Reviewed October 7, 2013 via mobile

I've never seen so many turtles in my life.
Also the pagoda is like 5 stories of stairs for very little pay off. It's cramped, hot, not much to see and if you're of average westerner height you will probably bang your head a few times.
It looks nice from the outside though, and for 300¥ a person it might be worth the money just to say you went in there. There are lanterns hanging up around the perimeter of the inner area that probably look great all lit up. However it closes before nightfall so you'll probably only see them lit for a special occasion.
There are some dimly lit buildings to go into with impressive statues and from what I can tell the story of the Shakyamuni Buddha in wall murals.
The turtles really make the temple worth seeing though. When you approach they look up at you and swim over. We didn't have any food for them but it's obvious they are used to guests feeding them.
This temple is a short distance from what looks like a Daikon(radish) temple that I don't think is listed. (It's right by the graveyard, which is impressive of its own right) Check that out too, when are you going to get a chance to see another radish temple?

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Reviewed October 1, 2013

its nice but if time is short dont go.... kyoto's temple is 30mi from there and much more beautiful
u can see the temple for free... but some houses had a small fee

Thank Henry Y
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Reviewed September 7, 2013

As well as the temple its self there are a group of other shrines to see in the same park. A Japanese garden a cemetry and a couple of ponds full of turtles (if you have kids take something to feed to the turtles). Most of the park is free, but you need to pay to go into the enclosure around the actual temple. My thoughts are that the Temple and the Central Precinct had been over restored, the place looked as if it could have been built a few years ago and not several centuries ago. The very old paintings were the only things that gave away its true age. Outside there are some other buildings and shrines, that I found far more interesting as they hadn't been restored to spotless condition, and thus had retained alot of their old character. The gateways also haven't been restored and still have the old heavy wooden gates and carvings.
There is a kiosk in the temple area, that has a place to sit. Good toilets.
How to get there: take the Tanimachi line and get off at T26 - Shitennoji-Mae. Leave station on Exit 2 (I think) and walk about 500m down the road and you will see the entrances to the Temple on your left.
Cost: Free to walk around most of the area, but to get into the Central Precinct = Y300 (adult)

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Reviewed September 3, 2013

Visit Shitennoji Temple on the 21st/22nd of the month and there are locals setting up stalls that sells almost everything and anything.

My fave is this stall selling soba/udon near the bridge. Wonderful way to enjoy a cold soba/udon while enjoying the views around.

1  Thank Mindy_Ooi
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