[Osaka] Shitenno-ji temple (四天王寺)

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After eating tonkatsu, we went to Shitenno-ji temple close to Tennoji station.


It is said to be one of the seven temples that were erected by Prince Shotoku.

The seven temples are…
Horyu-ji temple (法隆寺, Nara)
Koryu-ji temple (広隆寺, Kyoto)
Hokki-ji temple (法起寺, Nara)
Shitenno-ji temple (四天王寺, Osaka)
Chugu-ji temple (中宮寺, Nara)
Tachibana-dera temple (橘寺, Nara) * Prince Shotoku’s birthplace
Katsuragi-ji temple (葛木寺, Nara) * Now not exists

This temple is dedicated to Kuse Kannon Bosatsu (救世観音菩薩).
Nihon Shoki (Chronicles of Japan) says it was build in 593.

As same as Asuka temple (Asuka-ji temple), it is said to be one of the oldest temple in Japan.

But it suffered from fire again and again and as you see, every architectures were rebuilt and still new.


Cyozuya (手水舎)


Nio-mon gate (仁王門)

“Yoshitsune Yoroi-kake matsu” (義経よろい掛け松)


It is said that Yoshitsune Minamoto stand his armor(=yoroi) against this pine tree and took a rest.

Well (井戸)


Extra charge (400 yen) is needed to enter this area including five-storied pagoda.

Five-storied pagoda(五重塔)

Five-storied pagod

But it is well worth entering there.

By the way, it is said that the place-name of “Tennoji” is from this Shitenno-ji temple.

I got Goshuin here, too.
“大悲殿 (Daihiden)”



Name Shitennoji temple (四天王寺)
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