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Shitenno-ji Temple founded in 593 was the first temple built by the state and is one of the oldest temples in Japan. The temple is believed to have been built by Prince Shotoku for the victory of the Soga Clan after their battle against the Monobe Clan. The battle was fought to see if Japan should adopt Buddhism or keep its religion. With the Soga victory, Prince Shotoku was proud to spread Buddhism in Japan. Although the temple has burnt down several times, each reconstruction is done with the 6th century temple design in mind.
The outer grounds of Shitenno-ji are free four guests, but there is a fee for admission to the inner precinct, Gokuraku-jodo Garden, and treasure house. The grounds of the inner precinct courtyard are covered with pebbles and houses a five-story pagoda. The main hall is also on the inner precinct grounds and is where Prince Shotoku is enshrined as a Kannon statue.
Close to the inner precinct is the Gokuraku-jodo Garden, a stunning Japanese garden with a pond in the center. This beautiful garden is named after the Buddhist paradise and is a popular spot during hanami season when the cherry blossoms begin to bloom. The temple's treasure house is nearby and features paintings, sculptures, and other exhibits based on the temple and Japanese history.
You can add Prince Shutoku's Shittenno-ji Temple to your Cherry Blossom Japan Tour or Anime Tour packages with our pre or post stay options. You can also customize your own Japan vacation for a tailor-made tour through Osaka and the rest of Japan!
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