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Address: 1-11-18 Shitennoji, Tennoji-ku, Osaka 543-0051, Osaka Prefecture
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+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 buildings

I found the architecture beautiful to look at and the turtle ponds were definitely a highlight, my wife and I paid to go into the grounds of the main shrine and had a look at the... read more

4 of 5 bubblesReviewed 20 September 2015
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 20 September 2015

I found the architecture beautiful to look at and the turtle ponds were definitely a highlight, my wife and I paid to go into the grounds of the main shrine and had a look at the different altars and paid our respects, being unfamiliar with Buddhism we would have appreciated some guidance on the significance of the layout and what... More 

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Kagoshima Prefecture, Japan
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 7 September 2015

Shitennoji Temple is an extensive complex with a number of beautiful buildings. Climb to the top of the pagoda for an incredible view of surrounding Osaka. Definitely worth a stop if you are in the area.

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Manila, Philippines
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 September 2015

It's a little far from the train station. We really have a hard time to visit this temple, its 20-30mins walk from the train station. Many temple inside, when we visit there is on-going event (I'm not sure what is that). I think you can skip this when touring osaka.

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Melbourne, Australia
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 16 August 2015 via mobile

We went here on a Sunday and there seemed to be a festival as there were many worshipers around partaking in their traditions. Because there was a festival on entrance to the main temple area was free, other days you do have to pay to get in there but it isn't much. It is well worth the look and if... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 15 August 2015 via mobile

Traditional festival in Japan I also house my name card in this temple Many people omelette in this period

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Hong Kong, China
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 15 August 2015

Shintennoji Temple is a nice and quiet temple in Osaka. It is a historic place but the building does not look old at all. You need to pay entrance fee in order to get into the temple area. Outside the temple area, it is a nice garden. There is a subway station called Shitennoji Temple. However, if you want to... More 

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Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 14 August 2015

One of the best attraction around osaka city!! Easy access and a must visit place for first comer!!!

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Jakarta, Indonesia
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 30 July 2015 via mobile

I feel like i was robbed at the day light. My advice from station is quite far from near station. Im suggesting using map and pocket wifi. Not really fantastic. In the paid area there are main hall and tower. Cannot take a photo and inside of them is nothing. Unless you come to pray in Buddha religion. Dont bother... More 

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 21 July 2015 via mobile

It is a large temple with many historic and beautiful buildings and shrines. There is an incredible amount of history and reverence. The architecture is also quite beautiful. Would definitely recommend a visit if you're in Osaka.

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Johor Bahru, Malaysia
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 9 July 2015

Far from the madding crowd, and the opposite of the crazy, trendy frenzy of Osaka's shopping districts, Shitennoji Temple is a space of peace and tranquillity in the middle of the city. What I loved was its distinctly local feel, with fewer tourists in sight. I ended up wandering in this area the whole afternoon and stumbled across an amazing... More 

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