Shitenno-ji Temple

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Shitenno-ji Temple | Japan's Oldest Temple - For Buddhism

Shitenno-ji Temple | Japan's Oldest Temple - For Buddhism

Shitenno-ji Temple founded in 593 was the first temple built by the state and is one of Japan's oldest. The temple is sad to have been built by Prince Shotoku for the victory of Soga Clan in battle against the Monobe Clan. The battle was over whether Japan should adopt Buddhism or keep its religion, and with the Soga victory, Prince Shotoku was proud to spread Buddhism in Japan. Shitenno-ji Temple was burnt down several times but each reconstruction kept the original 6th century castle in mind. Visitors can enter the outer temple grounds for free but the inner precinct, Gokuraku-jodo Garden and the treasure house require an admission fee.

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