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Shitennoji Temple

1-11-18 Shitennoji, Tennoji-ku, Osaka 543-0051, Osaka Prefecture
+81 6-6771-0066
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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.”
  • Excellent28%
  • Very good49%
  • Average20%
  • Poor2%
  • Terrible1%
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“flea market” (17 reviews)
“story pagoda” (11 reviews)
“tennoji station” (16 reviews)
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Hours Today: 8:30 AM - 4:00 PM
Suggested Duration: 1-2 hours
1-11-18 Shitennoji, Tennoji-ku, Osaka 543-0051, Osaka Prefecture
+81 6-6771-0066
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Reviewed 2 days ago via mobile

There’s a market here. I’m not quite sure if it is every day or a specific day but there are a lot of good finds here. We went early in the morning and had some sweet ginger tea for 100 yen; definitely a must! The...More

Thank RDJourney
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

This is the only temple that we visited in Osaka and we were not disappointed. It is the oldest and first ever temple to be built by the state. The place itself has a lot of tourist and they have a market like place in...More

Thank crushedpink
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Said to be the oldest Buddhist institution in Japan, Shitennoji is a fine example of traditional Buddhist architecture. There are multiple halls and gardens, with a beautiful five story pagoda at the centre. Definitely worth a visit.

Thank ViajesyVino
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

The first Japanese Temple I ever visited in Japan. This is a 500 years old temple with a lot of beautiful gardens, landscapes, cherry blossoms, old buildings and even a tomb to bury flowers. There are certain SOPs you have to follow if you would...More

Thank David H
Reviewed 1 December 2017

Great experience in Osaka, nice for party and visiting Kyoto and Nara. A city where everyone should go in his life.

Thank Antoine C
Reviewed 29 November 2017

A place to go if you are in Osaka. Spend some time there admiring the culture and architecture there.

Thank Shermaine_csm
Reviewed 28 November 2017

We just returned from our 10 day trip in northern Vietnam with The Terrible Tour Guide Travel. I have to say, the company exceeded my expectations of what an agency would do for us. Joey was very quick to answer our email with helpful information...More

Thank AnKimberly
Reviewed 27 November 2017 via mobile

Had a nice time despite the construction going on. the main Pagoda and temples are open, many locals still go there to worship. I went on a Tuesday and stumbled upon a local flea market around the temple's compounds. Had a great time looking at...More

Thank Karen L
Reviewed 26 November 2017 via mobile

This was our first Japanese temple experience on a walk from Tennoji to Osaka castle. It was a very quiet temple with lovely sculptural elements. Because there were no tourists early in the morning, we experienced it primarily as an serene place of local worship....More

Thank Elise W
Reviewed 26 November 2017

As far as temples in Japan goes, this one's not really worth a visit. And there weren't many people around, probably as it was also undergoing renovation in some parts.

Thank Johnathan T
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3 November 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.
20 October 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