Temple sights in Osaka
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Founded in 593, Shitennō-ji has the distinction of being one of the oldest Buddhist temples in Japan, although none of the present buildings are originals. Unfortunately, most are the usual concrete reproductions, with the exception of the big stone torii (shrine gate) that dates back to 1294, making it the oldest of its kind in Japan. Apart from the torii, there is little of real historical significance, and the absence of greenery in the raked-gravel grounds makes for a rather desolate atmosphere. The adjoining museum is of limited interest.
Take the southern exit from the station, cross to the left side of the road and take the small road that goes off at an angle away…