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Shitenno-ji Temple Tours

Shitenno-ji Temple
Built in the 6th century by Prince Shotoku—a cultural hero who helped to bring Buddhism to the country—Shitenno-ji is one of Japan’s oldest temples. The complex includes a multi-tiered tower, pagoda, lecture hall, and gate. Though most of the current structures are from the 1963 rebuilding, they still reflect the 6th century design.

The Basics
Shitenno-ji ranks as one of Osaka’s most important temples. That said, it features on many sightseeing tours of the city, which typically also cover Dotonbori, Osaka Castle, and Shinsekai. Experience the serenity of the temple grounds without the crowds on an early-morning city tour or soak up scenery along the way by visiting as part of a bike tour. Most temple and shrine-themed tours of Osaka include Shitenno-ji Temple on the itinerary. 

Things to Know Before You Go
  • Don’t forget to dress respectfully and keep your voice down, as this is an active place of worship. 
  • You’ll have to pay a separate admission fee for the temple buildings and the Japanese landscape garden.
  • The temple is wheelchair- and stroller-accessible.

How to Get There
The temple is in the south of the city near Tenno-ji Park. The closest station is Shitennoji-mae on the Tanimachi Subway Line. You can also take the JR Loop Line to JR Tennoji Station and walk north for about 10 minutes.

When to Get There
The temple is open daily throughout the year, but try to visit when the nearby Gokuraku-jodo Garden is also open; hours vary, so check the calendar. If you’re in Osaka on the 21st of the month, head to the temple for its monthly flea market. Vendors set up shop early to sell antiques, souvenirs, handicrafts, cloth, and kimonos, many at very reasonable prices. 

Buddhist Sites of Osaka
Shitenno-ji is one of the Thirteen Buddhist Sites of Osaka, a pilgrimage group of temples and shrines largely representing Shingon Buddhism. While most visitors are unlikely to make the entire pilgrimage, top temples include Shoren-ji and Taihei-ji Temple, which are both located in the Tennoji District—the same district of Osaka as Shitenno-ji. 
Address: 1-11-18 Shitennoji,Tennoji-ku, Osaka 543-0051, Japan
Admission: Varies
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Osaka Bus and Boat Hop-On-Hop-Off Tour with Subway Pass

Osaka Bus and Boat Hop-On-Hop-Off Tour with Subway Pass

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See the sights of Osaka with a hop-on-hop-off tour over two consecutive days by bus and boat. Just book online and select a 2-day ticket with either a 1- or 2-day subway pass to help you get around the city with ease. Travel to landmarks such as the Buddhist temple of Shitennoji Temple and Osaka Castle, and explore neighborhoods like Umeda and Shinsaibashi at your own pace. Complimentary Wi-Fi is included on board the bus, so you can post photos as you travel around.
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  • 3 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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US$30.09
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Osaka's Best and Brightest by Private Vehicle

Osaka's Best and Brightest by Private Vehicle

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This an ideal choice for travelers with limited time in Osaka. Save hours researching where to visit in Osaka, and instead have an action-packed itinerary created for you. Traveling between sites in a private vehicle means avoiding the crowds on public transport, and fitting more into your day. You also don't worry about getting lost. Highlights include Dotonbori, Osaka Castle, Shinsekai, Shitenoji, and Harukas. Your tour is enhanced with entertaining stories along the way, and useful tips from your guide.
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  • 7 hours 30 minutes
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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US$435.00
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US$435.00
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Private Car Full Day Tour of Osaka Temples, Gardens and Kofun Tombs

Private Car Full Day Tour of Osaka Temples, Gardens and Kofun Tombs

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Create your own itinerary during this full-day private tour of Osaka. Skip the hassle of traveling in a large tour group—your guide is dedicated to just you and your private party. Visit the kofun tombs, the south of the city, as well as temples and gardens. Private round-trip hotel transportation in a luxury vehicle included.
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  • 8 hours
  • Taking safety measures
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US$445.00
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Eat, Drink, Cycle: Osaka Food and Bike Tour

Eat, Drink, Cycle: Osaka Food and Bike Tour

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Bike tours and food crawls are two much-loved traveler favorites—here’s your chance to combine both. Hop your own set of wheels and follow a private guide on the trail of Osaka’s most delectable food specialties. Stop to take in classic attractions, including Japan’s oldest temple, as you cruise between multiple stops, from a locally-run sushi shop to a bustling market for a bite of grilled wagyu beef.
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  • 3 to 4 hours
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US$95.91
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One day in Osaka: Six hour bike adventure

One day in Osaka: Six hour bike adventure

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Explore Osaka just like a local: On a bicycle. Pedal through the streets of the city on your way to its best sites, including Osaka Castle, Shitennoji Temple, and Shin Sekai, and follow your guide to some lesser-known attractions. Along the way, get insight into this fascinating city; its contribution to the history of feudal Japan, its distinctive dialect and culture, and its remarkable food scene—which you get a taste of by refueling with lunch at a local spot.
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  • 5 to 6 hours
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Osaka Bike Tour With A Local English-Speaking Guide

Osaka Bike Tour With A Local English-Speaking Guide

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While exploring Osaka, take your sightseeing outdoors: by bicycle. This small-group tour introduces visitors to popular attractions as well as local hangouts such as Nakazaki-cho and America Town. Your guide selects the safest route with as little traffic as possible—difficult to do on your own. Enjoy plenty of stops including Osaka Castle, Nakanoshima Park, Umeda Sky Building, Nipponbashi Denden Town, and Shitennoji.
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  • 4 hours
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Osaka Private 1 Day tour

Osaka Private 1 Day tour

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Available Osaka walking tour. I will guide you around the city and support your trip to make your trip a wonderful memory.There are many subways, trains, so it is very difficult for tourists to get around without confusion.This tour takes the stress and confusion on how to buy tickets and how to use the subway.I will be there assisting and helping you with transportation.It will be a smooth and comfortable trip even if you don't speak Japanese.Even if it's first time visit to Japan, I will be with you all day so don't worry.This tour does not include lunch time, but it is a private tour, so snacks and food can be bought at any time during the tour.I look forward to exploring Osaka together with you.
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  • 5 to 6 hours
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Osaka welcome tour

Osaka welcome tour

You can request own tour to me.So please text me first.We can decide which sightseeing spots, what kind of meals, how long for guiding, etc.Price is 4000 yen per hour per group.
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  • 3 to 10 hours
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Temple and shrine stamp rally with local one day tour

Temple and shrine stamp rally with local one day tour

I’m a native Osaka people. My mother high school has Shinto; Japanese original religion, and I had Shinto classes and routine tests also. I read Kojiki which is Shinto bible. I touched the Shinto way of thinking, and it made me feel important that I visit Shinto shrine as Japanese. Now I regularly visit a local shrine near the place I’m living in. Currently, I’m managing own hostel in Osaka, it’s fun that I can share the experiences for the guest from all over the world. In Osaka, there is a pilgrim's journey called “Naniwa Shichi-kō Meguri” visiting Japanese Buddism Shinto shrines. The concept is “Bringing you seven types of luck” and “You can get seven benefits”. This tour is also a stamp rally, we visit temples and shrines and collect their red ink stamps in your own traditional stamp book. I give you the traditional stamp book when we start the tour. I enjoyably tell you about the history of each shrine and temple we visit. Of course, I love to talk about cultural exchange also.
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  • 5 to 6 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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Private Tour - For the Temple Lovers, Try Unique Worship Practice in Osaka

Private Tour - For the Temple Lovers, Try Unique Worship Practice in Osaka

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Got used to the “normal” worship practice? Then we recommend you to take this plan! Shitennoji, Osaka is a town of the shopping street that has many temples and shops selling Buddhist articles. You will experience a totally unusual way of worshipping such as pouring water over the guardian deity of children, knocking a log and yourself with a mallet, and fortune telling by raising up the guardian deity of children! We will take you into the five-story pagoda which you usually can’t get into! At the end of the tour, you will hit a very local Japanese pub. Enjoy the atmosphere of the Japanese drink culture! If interested in Buddhism, don’t forget to book your plan to satisfy your curiosity!
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  • 5 to 6 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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Osaka Early Bird Tour

Osaka Early Bird Tour

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Exploring Osaka without the crowds during this tour for early risers. Departing from Namba Station, you join a guide for an early morning walking tour. Enjoy several main attractions, such as Dotonbori, Shinsekai, and Shitennoji—plus panoramic views from the top of Osaka Castle. This itinerary leaves you with a full day to make other plans.
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  • 4 hours
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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Osaka's golden route Bike tour (Lot of booked, Thank you)

Osaka's golden route Bike tour (Lot of booked, Thank you)

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Big city Osaka is the largest city in western Japan. Another name for Osaka is the city of food and water, which is one of the 47 distinctive prefectures. The people who live here are very energetic and have many interesting people It is a town where many people live together because there are many noisy people. It is said that western Japan has a history more than eastern Japan, and Osaka, like Kyoto, is a town full of attractions. Osaka has many attractions, but it is difficult for those who do not stay too long to go around the city in a short time. It is this Goden route bike tour that people are very pleased with. You can feel the culture and climate of Osaka city by bicycle around the north and south of the city. Of course, we have free time so that even hungry people can enjoy it, so please use it as a food tour in Osaka! I hope you will experience nature, history, culture and food on this tour and get to know Osaka.
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  • 4 hours
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Private Custom : Osaka Full Day Tour

Private Custom : Osaka Full Day Tour

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Explore some of the most famous spots in Osaka and visit a historical temple. Learn about the Osakans’ passion for their business at buzzing markets and feel the heart and soul of Osaka. Visit some must-go spots including Dotonbori and Shinsekai areas. You will also have a chance to learn about Japanese religions from your guide at Shitennoji Temple. You also be taken deep into the local scene later. Have a fantastic day trip with your fun and friendly guide. It will be your unforgettable memory of Osaka. You will start and finish the tour at your hotel.
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  • 4 to 8 hours
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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Osaka Bicycle Tour

Osaka Bicycle Tour

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Our guide will take you to all the best spots of Osaka City. We will use electric bicycles, very convenient even for people who don't bike very often. This tour is ideal for people who have only one or two days in Osaka and would like to see what the city has to offer.
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  • 4 to 5 hours
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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US$62.68
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Private Osaka Custom Full-Day Tour by Chartered Vehicle

Private Osaka Custom Full-Day Tour by Chartered Vehicle

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Choose your own adventure in Osaka thanks to this fully-customizable 8-hour private tour. Travel aboard your very own chartered bus, limo or van as you explore a range of of Osaka’s most unique sights. Depending on your interests you might visit historic Osaka Castle, explore Shitennoji Temple, eat and drink your way through the Dotonbori district or take in the views from the Umeda Sky Building. A driver, chartered vehicle and round-trip transport from Central Osaka are included.
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  • 8 hours
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Local Style Osaka Day Trip with an a Native English Speaker in Japan 36 years!

Local Style Osaka Day Trip with an a Native English Speaker in Japan 36 years!

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Find an oasis of peace amid the hustle and bustle of Osaka. Escape the busy crowds on an intimate small group tour of Osaka’s oldest and most famous shrines and temples. After making your offerings, enjoy sake and appetizers with your new friends (personal expense). Then see Osaka from above at the Tsutenkakku tower. This all inclusive tour lets you relax while your guide does the navigating.
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  • 8 hours
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OSAKA by Toyota COASTER/MICROBUS Customize Your Itinerary

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Private VIP Tour in OSAKA allows you to “Customize Your Itinerary” to fit your specific travel expectations. You have your own private Minivan Toyota COASTER/MICROBUS and English speaking driver for approximately 8 hours. Our team assists you to manage the tour, give recommendations, make reservations and check information. <<< You customize your own Day Trip in OSAKA >>> STEP1: We propose list of famous destinations while you share with us your travel desires and special requests. STEP2: With careful communication and planning, we share and exchange our draft detailed itinerary. STEP3: We revise/finalize the itinerary. ***You can always change the itinerary even on the day while traveling with the tour guide. Please feel free to reach our team and tour guide for recommendation at any time. ***Extra charges will be applied for over time service.
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  • 8 to 10 hours
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Full Day - OSAKA by Minivan Toyota COMMUTER Customize Your Itinerary

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OSAKA by Toyota HIACE 2019 Customize Your Itinerary

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  • 8 to 10 hours
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  • 8 to 10 hours
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