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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
08:30 - 16:00
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Sun - Sat 08:30 - 16:00
Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
Fee: No

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 Temple

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... read more

4 of 5 bubblesReviewed 1 week ago
Singapore, Singapore
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2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW 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 

Thank Bifey
Singapore, Singapore
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

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 1 week ago

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 2 weeks ago

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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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

We saw plenty of beautiful temples on our recent trip to Kyoto and around. This temple is among the top for me. I felt the temple with the buddha and the 4 kings' statues was striking. I am glad we went there.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

A wonderful reverential complex. Interiors moving and spectacular. Take time to explore fully. On Sunday there is a local market, A must see!

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Singapore, Singapore
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

I am not a religious person but love to visit old buildings.. I did pray when I visit this temple. It is very quiet, calm, nice people around (locals). After you pray at several places, you can have a small shopping from shopping tents. Burger and small finger food are sold there.. There is an area which you could pray... More 

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Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

If you love history, and would like to know more about buddhism in Japan, this is a good and must place to visit. Please make sure to arrive earlier, as their reception close sharp on time, and you need 1hr to visit and understand about this historical temple, not far from Subway too.

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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Disappointing as there were no significant relics and lack of displays to explain in other language - other than Japanese.

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 23 October 2016

Planned to visit after walks from train station. But the temple was undergoing renovation, so couldn't see much of the structures, there was a book carnival happening around the temple area.

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