First Japanese Temple, Shitennoji
Prince Shotoku had this first Japanese Buddhism temple built. One of the oldest architectural styles in Japan, Shitennoji Temple Building Layout, can be seen on the temple grounds. There are also valuable treasures from the founding time.
Temple, historical site
Prince Shotoku, the father of Japan’s Buddhism, had this first Japanese Buddhism temple built in 593. In the 8th century, the respect for him has changed into a religion, which is still active to this day. Since the temple was built by Prince Shotoku, it was reestablished as Washu (Japanese religion) in 1949.
The building layout on the grounds is called Shitennoji Style Temple Building Layout, known as one of Japan’s oldest architectural styles. From south to north, the middle gate, five-story pagoda, Golden Hall and worship hall stand in a line, surrounded by the corridor, which is seen in China and Korean Peninsula, suggesting the connection between ancient Japan and the continent. Though damaged by numerous disasters and wars, the support from people made repeated restorations possible.
A five-story pagoda is the symbol of this place. While it was being built, Prince Shotoku wished to save six realms/ways (hell, hunger, animals, demons, humans and heaven) and placed six tokens of Buddha’s ashes and six pieces of his hair inside the foundation stone, thus called “Six Way Saving Pagoda.” The interior, the 8th restoration, is open to the public and the top floor gives you a view over Osaka City. Besides the main hall, the Treasure Hall with valuable national treasures and important cultural properties, 10,000m² Gokuraku-jodo-no-niwa (Garden of Paradise) with a lovely pond to stroll around, and more spots are enjoyable to visit. (Due to the pandemic, some halls are not open. Inquiry necessary. *As of Aug 2021)
Buddhist services are held every 21st and 22nd. On the 22nd, there is a fair with almost 300 booths on the premises. *Covid-19 protocol applied
Prince Shotoku had this first Japanese Buddhism temple built.
The historic temple with the original ground plan and treasures in store.
Five-story pagoda, the symbol of this temple, is open to the public. The top floor offers a view over Osaka City.
A fair on every 21st and 22nd on the temple grounds. Have some fun.
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- Name in Japanese
- 和宗 総本山 四天王寺
- Postal Code
- 1-11-18 Shitennoji, Tennoji-ku, Osaka City, Osaka
- Open every day
October-March 8:30am-4:00pm, April-September 8:30am-4:30pm
*May vary from building to building
Central Hall: Adult 300 yen, High school/college student 200 yen, Middle schooler and younger Free
Garden: Adult 300 yen, High school/college student 200 yen, Elementary school/ middle school student 200 yen
Treasure Hall: Adult 500 yen, High school/college student 300 yen, Middle schooler and younger Free
*Due to the pandemic, some halls are not open. Inquiry necessary. (As of Aug 2021)
1) From Osaka Metro Tanimachi Line, Shitennoji-mae Yuhigaoka Station, walk 5 min.
2) From JR or Osaka Metro, any line, Shitennoji Station, walk 12 min.
3) From Kintetsu Minami-Osaka Line, Abenobashi Station, walk 14 min.
- Official Website
- Official Website (Japanese)