A temple erected by Prince Shotoku
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.
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.
Extra charge (400 yen) is needed to enter this area including five-storied pagoda.
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.
Shitenno-ji temple (四天王寺)
Address / 1-11-18 Shitennoji, Tennoji-ku, Osaka-shi, Osaka
Station / Shitennoji-mae Yuhigaoka station (Osaka subway), Tennoji station (JR, Osaka subway)
Close / No scheduled
Website / http://www.shitennoji.or.jp/(in Japanese Only)