Shitenno-ji Temple : The Oldest Temple in Japan

A trip to Japan without a visit to a temple would be incomplete. Shitteno-ji Temple is considered as the oldest temple in Japan and was built in the year 593.

To get there, take a train to Tennoji Station and it is about 15 minutes walk from the station. Entrance fee is 300 yen, granted free for Amazing Osaka Pass holders. Some areas do not allow picture taking specially inside the temples which houses a big golden Buddha statue. The scent here is so strong and is unique to me. We climbed one of the pagodas thru a spiral staircase (it’s tiring haha)

One thing that made me really excited about going here is the fact that
it resembles the Shrine of Suzaku from the anime Fushigi Yuugi. There’s this feeling of being transported back to the olden times as I listened to the opening song of the anime.

Check out the pictures! Please excuse my Fushigi Yuugi fandom caption alright? 🙂

shittenoji temple gate

Gate to the Temple

shittenoji temple

Shittenoji Temple

shittenoji temple seiryu

Seiryushittenoji temple main

The Main Temple which houses the giant golden Buddha statue

shittenoji temple pagoda

Waiting for the Priestess of Suzaku

shittenoji temple pagoda

One of the Pagodas

shittenoji temple neighborhood

This place reminds me of Tenchu where you grappling hook to the roof

shittenoji temple surrounding


shittenoji temple drinking fountain

Drinking Fountain! The water here is so cold and it is unique in taste, it’s like a miracle drink

shittenoji temple with abeno harukas

Shittenoji Temple with Abeno Harukas at the background

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