Shitennoji Temple

If all the lights of downtown Osaka get too much, head to Shitennoji Temple, the oldest temple in Japan. It’s very well known Buddhist temple with a nice little garden, treasure house and plenty of temple buildings to have a look around in.

Budget travel tips

  • For a wider selection of shrines and temples, go to nearby Kyoto or Nara.
  • Come here if you are in Osaka for New Year’s.

How to get there

Take Exit 4 from Shitennojimae Yuhigaoka station on the Tanimachi line (Osaka Subway).

From Nanba station (Osaka), take the Sennichimae line (Osaka Subway) to Tanimachi Kyuchome station, then the Tanimachi line (Osaka Subway) to Shitennojimae Yuhigaoka station (11 mins, 200 yen).

From Umeda station (Osaka), walk to Higashi-Umeda station, then take the Tanimachi line (Osaka Subway) to Shitennojimae Yuhigaoka station (12 mins, 230 yen).


Opening times: 8:30 to 16:30 (summer), 8:30 to 16:00 (winter)

Inner Shrine Cost: Adults 300 yen, Children 200 yen

Garden Cost: Adults 300 yen, Children 200 yen

Treasure House Cost: Adults 500 yen, Children 300 yen


Hostels and Cheap Hotels

It’s best to stay in a more central location in Osaka, so check out our Osaka Accommodation Guide.

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Published by Matthew Baxter

Matthew Baxter is a British travel author who lived in New Zealand and Japan for many years. Having traveled across these countries, without much money, he has built up an extensive knowledge of budget travel, and also worked at many leading tourism companies in both countries. He also writes professionally for several websites and publications, such as the GaijinPot, All About and the Japan National Tourist Association. Those heading to Taiwan should check out his new site, Taiwanna Travel.