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Shitennoji Temple
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4.4/5
483 Reviews
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Center gamma, garden and churches April-September 8:30-16:30, October - March 8:30-16:00; 6:30-18:00; Please refer to the official website for the opening hours of the special period and treasures museum.
Recommended Sightseeing Time: 1-2 hours
Address: 1-11-18 Shitennoji, Tennoji Ward, Osaka, Osaka Prefecture
Phone: +81-6-67710066

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Came here in the morning, very peaceful away from the crowds of Osaka. This is the oldest temple in Japan. We stumbled upon a flea market while visiting. Love to be among the locals.

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  • DzulhilmiZulkifli
    DzulhilmiZulkifli
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    Nice temple, very beautiful

    A very beautiful and nice temple has a large complex or temples, energized. I visited this on february and spend almost 3 hour walk around and take photo

    Reviewed on /Date(1584656597000+0800)/
  • brysc01
    brysc01
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    New Year 2020

    A very beautiful and spacious complex of temples, energized more by the New Year celebrations with all the extra visitors, food stands and souvenir stalls. There are many zones and buildings, need to ...

    Reviewed on /Date(1580747263000+0800)/
  • Siddharth B
    Siddharth B
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    Nice temple, with chanting prayers, turtles in the pond in the back

    The temple has a large complex with few pagoda like temples inside the complex. It’s nice inside the temples with a lot of candles and statues but there are a lot of steep stairs, so I’d not necessari...

    Reviewed on /Date(1578423368000+0800)/
  • kimitakas
    kimitakas
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    Not as I had expected

    Shitennō-ji is a famous temple, which was founded by Shotokutaishi. It is certainly worth visiting. But the main building and the pagoda are reconstructions, and unfortunately I couldn’t feel anything...

    Reviewed on /Date(1578355388000+0800)/
  • Kiet Q
    Kiet Q
    Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam
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    Beautiful temple

    The temple with main hall was beautiful. We were there during the New Year when many Japanese visited temple.

    Reviewed on /Date(1577648525000+0800)/

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Introduction

Osaka's Shitennoji Temple is said to have been constructed under the auspices of Prince Shotoku. With red pillars and white walls, the buildings are unified in style and feature religious characteristics from the Chinese Northern and Southern Dynasties. This does not, however, diminish the elegant style of the Asuka period. The distinctive stone birds outside the temple are very rarely found in Japan. The turtle pond in the middle of the temple features a stone stage in its center, which was used as a sacred place for offering sacrifices and dancing in ancient times.
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