Shitenoji temple


See the the oldest temple in Japan, Shitennoji, in the modern town of Osaka

The first Buddhism temple built by Prince Shotoku.
Treasure house includes 500 artifacts, including National treasure and culturally important properties. Other buildings include five stories pagoda and main gate.

The oldest buddhist temple in Japan

The name of the area Tennoji derives from Shitennoji temple, and it has been playing an important role for the local community.
A five-storied pagoda rest within the area and its beautiful design draw the attention of the tourists.

The gate protected by Nio guardians

The main gate of the temple is located on the south side of the main building with the two statues of Nio guardians.
The pagoda can be seen from between the two statues making this location a perfect place to take pictures.

Exotic temple

The red, octagonal-shaped building is called “Geishourou” and has an exotic design.
Also, there is another building called “Oushourou” where people ring its bell to pray for their ancestors.

Seeking for silence and relaxation

The land area of Shitennoji temple is massive, being three-times larger than that of Koshien Stadium.
Regardless of the fact that this temple is located in the urban area of Osaka, within the area spreads a silent and calm atmosphere like an oasis.

The beautiful illumination

With the opening of Abeno Harukas, the temple continues to observe the evolving city of Osaka.
The temple’s illumination is beautiful and many visits there in the nighttime.

Name of the facility
Shitenoji temple

1-1-18 Shitennō-ji, Tennōji-ward, Osaka-shi


Nearest station
■Shitennojimaeyuuhigaoka Station (Osaka Metro Tanimachi line)
■Tennoji Station (Osaka Metro Midosuji line, Osaka Metro Tanimachi line, JR line)

Business hours
April to September: 8:30-16:30 (8:00-17:00 on the 21st every month)
October to March: 8:30-16:00 (8:00-16:30 on the 21st every month)
Rokuji-do 8:30-18:00 (8:00- on 21st every month)

Regular holiday
Open everyday

Admission fee
Main Temple
Adult: 300 yen
High school and University students: 200 yen
Others: Free

Treasury house
Adult: 500 yen
High school and university students: 300 yen
Others: Free

Temple garden
Adult: 300 yen
Elementary, Middle, High school, University students: 200 yen