Shitennō-ji

sights / Religious

Shitennō-ji information

Osaka , Japan
Address
Street 1-11-18 Shitennō-ji
Getting there
subway Tanimachi line to Shitennōji-mae, south exit
Prices
admission ¥300
Opening hours
8.30am-4.30pm Apr-Sep, to 4pm Oct-Mar
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Lonely Planet review

Founded in 593, Shitennō-ji is one of the oldest Buddhist temples in Japan, although only the big stone torii (shrine gate) is original, dating to 1294, making it oldest of its kind in the country. In the temple's central precinct there is a five-storey pagoda, which (unusually) you can climb up. The grounds are a somewhat desolate expanse of raked gravel, but there is a pleasant garden, Honbō Teien , just to the northeast of the central precinct. There is also a very good flea market outside the temple on the 21st and 22nd of each month, with antiques and secondhand goods, including old kimonos.