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[Washu Grand Head Temple Shitennoji Temple]

The temple built by Prince Shotoku that passes on the spirit of Japan

Shitennoji Temple was built by Prince Shotoku in the first year of Empress Suiko's accession in 593 A.D. After the war, Shitennoji Temple established the Washu sect, adapting the concept of "Wa (group harmony)" according to the 17 articles of the Constitution enacted by the prince. The temple reflected the prince's philosophy of "Shika-in (four institutions)", and became the head temple of Washu. The middle gate, five-story pagoda, golden pavilion, and lecture hall stand in a straight line running from south to north, and are surrounded by a corridor. The Shitennoji-style temple building layout is a typical temple building layout of the Asuka period. There are many highlights within the vast precincts, including the Taishiden enshrining Prince Shotoku, Japanese-style gardens, and Kamei-Fudodo, which is the first of the 36 Sacred Temples of the Kinki Region. Many stalls pop up in the precincts when a fair is held on the 21st and 22nd of every month.
Posted photos Main The stone stage and Rokujido Temple
Three photos Upper left Gardens, upper right Treasure Hall, lower Main temple buildings
Address Shitennoji 1-11-18, Tennoji Ward, Osaka City, Osaka Prefecture
Phone +81-6-6771-0066 (Japanese only)
Hours ● Hall / main temple buildings / gardens (Last admission to the gardens is 30 minutes before closing time)
April to September: 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
October to March: 8:30 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.
● Rokujido Temple
8:30 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.

Opening hours
● Treasure Hall
* Varies depending on the season. Please inquire for details.
Holidays Unscheduled holidays
Admission fee ● Main temple buildings
Adults 300 yen
High school students / university students 200 yen
Children under elementary school age, elementary school students and junior high school students Free
● Gardens
Adults 300 yen
Elementary / junior high / high school students, university students 200 yen
Children under elementary school age Free
● Treasure Hall
Adults 500 yen
High school students / university students 300 yen
Children under elementary school age, elementary school students and junior high school students Free
Access Take the Osaka City Subway Midosuji Line from "Shin-Osaka Station" of JR Tokaido Shinkansen for approx. 22 minutes, alight at "Tennoji Station" and walk for approx. 12 minutes.
URL http://www.shitennoji.or.jp/
* An Autumn Treasure Exhibition (September 15th to November 12th, 2017), New Year Treasure Exhibition (January 1st to February 4th, 2018), and Spring Treasure Exhibition (March 11th to May 6th, 2018) are scheduled to be held in the Treasure Hall.

updated on Aug 31, 2017

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