Shitennō-ji (Japanese: 四天王寺, Temple of the Four Heavenly Kings) is a Buddhist temple in Ōsaka, Japan. It is also known as Arahaka-ji, Nanba-ji, or Mitsu-ji. The temple is sometimes regarded as the first Buddhist and oldest officially-administered temple in Japan, although the temple complex and buildings have been rebuilt over the centuries, with the last reconstruction taking place in 1963. It is the head temple of the Wa Sect of Buddhism.
Prince Shōtoku was known for his profound Buddhist faith when Buddhism was not widespread in Japan during the 6th century. In order to popularize Buddhism, Prince Shōtoku lead a massive national project to promote Buddhism and he commissioned the construction of Shitennō-ji. Prince Shōtoku invited three Korean carpenters from Baekje. They brought knowledge and led the construction of Shitennō-ji. The commission of Shitennō-ji was part of a massive national project led by Prince Shōtoku.
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Hien Ngo | Mar 4, 2018
Possibly the nicest temple in Osaka. Well worth a visit. But come here early to catch nice photos b4 the crowd. Pictures also get better at sunrise as its not too bright and you dont have to worry abt contra-soleil
Hieu Tran duy | Feb 17, 2018
Loved learning about their history and religion. Dont forget go there if u travel to Osaka.
Alvin Chai | Dec 29, 2017
Big and spacious temple ground. A little touristy, well maintained and nice place for a walk.
Ngan Meng Fong | Sep 11, 2017
Shitennoji Temple is a Buddist temple located in Osaka and the history of this temple can be traced back to 1400 years before. The five storey of pagoda is the symbolic of this temple. You can find yourself in a peaceful mind and soul when you enter to the temple and when you smell the Sandalwood from the light up of joss sticks.
Cheryl Holdcroft | Mar 15, 2017
One of the oldest temple complexes in Japan. Urban setting but tons of history here and some gorgeous old buildings. Love to stroll around. There are always cute food stalls set up near the entrance - and occasional flea markets are held outside too. Not a super commercial area around the temple because it is such an old district, there are restrictions.
hui wen yeoh | Mar 7, 2018
Recommended to visit after visiting Osaka Castle (more historical information available)
AryaFaii Yyps | Apr 30, 2018
Famous temple in Osaka, pretty clam and fresh. There're a famous tower inside of place. Who actually love in culture, don't miss here.
christian yelovitz Goñi | Apr 25, 2018
Near to the osaka zoo Important temple in the middle of the city
Richan | Jun 13, 2018
A temple with a distinctive and artistic architectural style. A very strategic place in the middle of town, and its place is very wide. Although it is a place of worship, the temple is open to the public for tourists to visit. At certain times, inside the temple there is a prayer service, and can be followed by visitors who are vacationing there. However, the inside of the temple is not allowed to be photographed because it is specifically for proper worship.
Nicholas Lim | Jun 14, 2018
A quiet place away from the big crowds in Osaka. It is well-maintained and away from the main shopping belt. You pay a fee to walk around and kids go in free. High school kids get a discount. It is a functioning temple so please allow privacy and quiwt to the worshippers. Nice place for photos, so allow for about 45mins or so.
M. Pt. | May 22, 2018
The best flea market I've been to in Japan so far. Not many tourists, lots of vendors, wide range of price and goods, can spend hours there. Great bargains and peaceful surroundings.
Ivan Chua | May 22, 2018
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.
paigu paigu | Jun 22, 2018
no sign and English explanation at all. i don't even know which one is shitennoji temple and don't know the history behind it. need some improvement :) there is a good croissant shop after you exit the mrt station. cheap and very delicious
Jase Lindgren | Jul 7, 2018
I've been to this temple for Tanabata (July 6th or 7th) twice and it was great both times. They have a pretty tunnel of lights and then stations where you can write your wish on a candle and place it in the water (well, tubs of water but still...) I also went for a festival in January that involves splashing water on lots of high school boys clad in loincloths while they run through the temple grounds. I didn't understand it at all but it was quite the spectacle and had a huge local crowd.
Chi Kee | Jul 19, 2018
This tourist spot is easy to find, near the subway and well-maintained. Although the time I get here is after 5pm so the main gate of the pagoda is closed but the neighborhood looks clean and quiet. I found some vacated food stalls looks like this place is a food buzz during the day.
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