One of Japan’s oldest Buddhist temples, Shitenno-ji Temple is entered through a huge stone tori gate dating back to 1294, the oldest in the country.
Raked-gravel grounds surround the temple, which was originally built in 593 AD by Prince Shotoku, who brought Buddhism to Japan.
A focus for Buddhists in Osaka and around the country, the temple has been reconstructed over the centuries but retains its original 6th century design. The complex includes a many-floored tower, pagoda, lecture hall and gate.
Many Buddhist festivals and activities are held at the temple during the year.
The temple is in the south of the city near Tenno-ji Park. The closest station is Shitennoji-mae.
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