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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.”
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  • Very good50%
  • Average20%
  • Poor2%
  • Terrible1%
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“flea market” (15 reviews)
“story pagoda” (8 reviews)
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Hours Today: 08:30 - 16:00
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

Shitennou means "The Four Heavenly Kings", so this is the temple (-ji) of the four high traditional deities in Osaka. One may say is the biggest and most relevant temple in town, or one of the most important ones at least. Apart from the temple...More

Thank Gualtiero-Shito
Reviewed 1 week ago

It was like you are in a period movie in an old Japan era. There was a flea market when I went there where merchants sells their old wares. Patrons were mostly locals, I think I was the only gaijin that time. I really love...More

Thank rodgerManila
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We heard about the Temple and knew a festival was going on as well. The parade was the highlight as the gold shrines and mini gold temples the guys were carrying were so shiny and interesting. There was loud music, drums, and chanting while the...More

1  Thank SarahsBackstage
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Traditional Japanese temple. Should to be visited when u traveling in Osaka. Catch a taxi from JR Tennoji cost around 250-300 yen

Thank Uyen T
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Osaka have to many temples, one of the best temple is shitennoji, have to much history and culture, you can have amazing photos and a great memories

Thank Claudiahart
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Teeped in History Tennoji Temple is one of the finest temples I've ever visited in Japan, at the right time of year you can even scale the inside of the Pagoda for a special view over Tennoji. Accidentally found a flyer for a Jazz concert,...More

Thank David R
Reviewed 14 June 2017 via mobile

An hour well spent near Osaka city museum of fine art. We were surprised by the amount of turtles swimming in the pond. There are lots of monuments as well.

Thank Raudah N
Reviewed 11 June 2017

Really interesting to look at! The outer area was free of charge and you could see the outside of the pagoda, but you could pay a small fee to access the inner area and go inside the pagoda. This was well worth a look, partly...More

Thank Anna C
Reviewed 8 June 2017

This is one of the oldest temples in Japan. Although I visited during the 25th flea market, the main temple and the pagoda was still relatively peaceful. The main crowds drawn to the market, were in the market, which is the areas within Shitennoji park,...More

1  Thank Vincent Q
Reviewed 6 June 2017

After visiting temples in neighboring Kyoto and other cities in japan (including Tokyo), this temple is just an average one. the nice point about it is that its an active temple and it makes it authentic.

Thank shlomoschwartz
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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.
19 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