Shitennoji (1/1)

IN A FEW WORDS

Japan's oldest temple

DESCRIPTION

Shitennoji Temple

300¥ 8:30 - 16:30

Shittenoji is the first and oldest Buddhist temple established in Japan. Its construction was ordered in 593 by prince Shotoku, the son of the 31st emperor of Japan who was strongly devoted to Buddhism before it became widespread in the country, and was carried out by a group Korean carpenters who were summoned specifically for the job. The temple is dedicated to the Shitenno, the four Buddhist guardian kings, for prince Shotoko prayed to them for victory in battle.

Shitennoji was divided in four institutions created to help Japanese civilization: education and religion, welfare, hospital and pharmacy. Throughout history the constructions have been burnt down and rebuilt in several occasions, always following its original design, with most of the present buildings daing from 1963. Nowadays the temple compound is formed by a five-story pagoda, a main "golden" pavilion, a lecture hall and four gates.

HOW TO GET THERE

Shitennoji-mae Yuhigaoka Station
Tanimachi Line

Tennoji Station
Osaka Loop Line Railpass

aroundMOVE AROUND

Shitennoji can be reached in a 5 minute walk from Shitennoji-mae Yuhigaoka station or, alternatively, on a 15 minute walk from Tennoji train station.

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