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Home to one of Japan’s oldest Buddhist temples and a skyscraper offering panoramic views.

Photo of Tennoji, Japan (天王寺方向 by Richard, enjoy my life!)

Tennoji, located in southern Osaka, is a dynamic blend of the ancient and the contemporary, attracting visitors with its rich history and modern attractions. This district serves as a cultural hub, combining Japan’s traditions with urban advancements.

About Tennoji

Tennoji’s historical significance is highlighted by Shitennoji Temple, founded in 593 by Prince Shotoku, who promoted Buddhism in Japan. As one of the oldest temples in the country, Shitennoji has long been a spiritual center and a pilgrimage site. Despite damages from wars and disasters, the temple has been carefully reconstructed to maintain its original 6th-century Asuka period architectural style.

Near the tranquility of Shitennoji is the Osaka City Museum of Fine Arts. Established in 1936 in Tennoji Park, it houses an extensive collection of over 8,000 Japanese and Chinese paintings and sculptures. The museum provides a contemplative space amidst urban surroundings.

Embracing modernity, Tennoji features the Abeno Harukas. At 300 meters tall, this skyscraper is the tallest in Japan as of 2023. The Harukas 300 Observation Deck offers visitors expansive views of Osaka.

Tennoji has evolved from a cultural and religious center to a bustling urban district, especially after World War II. Yet, landmarks like Shitennoji Temple remain as cultural touchstones. Visitors can explore Shitennoji’s temple grounds, gardens, and treasure houses displaying religious artefacts and art. Additionally, Tennoji Zoo and Osaka Municipal Museum of Art contribute to the district’s cultural offerings.

Tennoji embodies Osaka’s development while preserving its historical roots. It offers experiences spanning from historical exploration to modern enjoyment, symbolized by the contrast between Shitennoji Temple and Abeno Harukas.

Upcoming Events what's happening around Tennoji

🌸 Cherry Blossom Predictions
Thursday, 21 March - Saturday, 13 April 2024 (predicted)

Cherry blossoms (sakura) started blooming in Hiroshima on March 25, 2024, and are expected to reach their peak around April 1, 2024. In the Kansai region, including Kyoto and Himeji, blossoms are expected to start around March 28, 2024, with Osaka and Nara following shortly after, beginning on March 31 and March 30, respectively.

Petals typically fall within about 1 week of the full bloom unless the weather causes them to drop earlier.

For more information, see our complete Cherry Blossom Predictions 2024 guide.

Updated 29 Mar 2024
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