Attraction 〒543-0051 1-11-18 Shitennoji,Tennoji-ku,OsakaCity Published on: 28-07-2016
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Why Shitennoji Temple is special ?
Shitennoji (四天王寺, Shitennōji) is one of Japan's oldest temples and the first ever to be built by the state. It was founded in 593 by Prince Shotoku, who supported the introduction of Buddhism into Japan. Although the temple's buildings burned down several times throughout the centuries, they were always carefully reconstructed to reflect the original 6th century design. 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. The outer temple grounds are free to enter, but admission to the inner precinct, the Gokuraku-jodo Garden and the treasure house is paid. In the pebble covered courtyard of the inner precinct stand a five-storied pagoda that can be entered and ascended and the Main Hall (Kondo) in which Prince Shotoku is enshrined as a statue of Kannon.
- Peaceful break from the city
- Nice, quiet and sort of magical
- The Soul of Osaka, and Beyond
- Fantastic paintings
- Peaceful oasis in Osaka
〒543-0051 1-11-18 Shitennoji,Tennoji-ku,OsakaCity
Tips for you
Most Japan tourists come to Osaka to take a break from marvelous temples of Kyoto and Nara, but Shitenno-ji Temple is still a recommended destination in Osaka! The first true Buddhist temple, Shitenno-ji is a serene complex in the midst of the bustling city scene that is perfect to stroll especially in the early morning. Shitenno-ji Temple is dedicated to its namesake the Four Heavenly Kings, the Buddhist deities whom the emperor prayed for success and won against a rebellion. Though not in its original location, the temple still does not lose its Buddhist tranquility and historical significance. Unlike many notable Buddhist temples in the region, the majority of the complex excluding the main hall and the garden is free to access! Be sure to walk around the main hall whether or not you are planning to pay to go inside to find the many interesting small halls and the large Hall of Perpetual Worship with its ponds full of sunbathing turtles. If you choose to pay, you can access the pagoda that has many primitive Japanese Buddhist wall paintings, the main hall that has one of the earliest Shitenno statues with beautiful wall paintings of Buddha's life, and the lecture hall with two new large statues and colorful wall paintings of a monk's journey to the west to acquire Buddhist texts. Since almost all Osaka attractions open at 10, why not start your morning off with a religious tranquility? Though this is a walk from the closest subway stations, Shitenno-ji Temple is definitely worth checking out! --- tl;dr version 1) First true Buddhist temple in Japan 2) Majority of area is free to access
There is a huge common area with chairs and tables where you can get coffee or just sit and gaze through the window. You may bring in your food and drink!