Shitennoji Temple is the first large temple in Japan and the first temple of Japanese Buddhism, said to have been built by Prince Shotoku.
It was declared independent as the head temple of the Japanese sect of Buddhism in 1946 from an all-Buddhist standpoint that was unaffected by existing Buddhist sects.
The temple is home to many important cultural properties, including the Rokkidō Hall and a group of arts and crafts designated as national treasures.
The Ishibutai (stone stage), on which the Great Gagaku Ceremony and other events are held, is one of the three most famous stages in Japan, along with the Ishibutai at Sumiyoshi Taisha Shrine (Osaka) and the Hirabutai at Itsukushima Shrine (Hiroshima ).
The annual ” Doya Doya” on January 14 attracts a large number of people and is a lively event.
Tennoji, the name of the area is an abbreviation of Shitennoji Temple.
|8:30-16:30 (until 16:00 from October to March)
|Open all year round (The Treasure House is closed on Mondays. The Treasure House is open on national holidays.)
|Free of charge in the precincts (300 yen to see the temple complex, 200 yen to see the Treasure House, and 300 yen to see the garden).
|1-11-18 Shitennoji, Tennoji-ku, Osaka-shi, Osaka
On foot: About 5 minutes from Exit 4 of Shitennojimae Yuhigaoka Station on the Municipal Subway Tanimachi Line.
By car: Approximately 6 minutes from the Yuhigaoka Exit on the No. 1 Loop Route of the Hanshin Expressway.