Osaka's Shitennoji Temple is said to have been constructed under the auspices of Prince Shotoku. With red pillars and white walls, the buildings are unified in style and feature religious characteristics from the Chinese Northern and Southern Dynasties. This does not, however, diminish the elegant style of the Asuka period. The distinctive stone birds outside the temple are very rarely found in Japan. The turtle pond in the middle of the temple features a stone stage in its center, which was used as a sacred place for offering sacrifices and dancing in ancient times.
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Shitennoji is the first Buddhist temple in Japan. Although it is not as big as the temples in Kyoto and Nara, it is just as beautiful and sacred. Rather than the typical Japanese zen feel, Shitennoji is more of an imperial Chinese atmosphere with bright red decorations. Climbing up the pagoda took quite a few breaths out of me but the view from the top was worth it. The statues of the gods are so intricate and beautiful.
Shitennoji is one of the oldest buildings in Japan. Its layout follows the example of Chinese temples. Gojunotou Five-storied Pagoda is a symbol of Shitennoji. The wooden tower is painted with brilliant red. On the top of stupa has six pieces of sarira. You can have a quiet and leisure moment in the courtyard. Try to slow down your steps and enjoy your afternoon.
Osaka Travel The earliest Buddhist temple in Japan - Shitennoji
Shitennoji is one of Osaka's must-see attractions and the first Buddhist temple in Japan.
I feel that there is still a difference in form between Japanese Buddhism and Chinese Buddhism, which can be seen from the pattern of the temple.
Osaka's Shitennoji Temple is a very good place to find. At the time I was on the network, I felt that there is an element of our Chinese existence. Yes, its model comes from our China. It is built following the pattern of our Chinese temple. However, when I got there, because it was very tired, the building was very tall and needed to climb up, so I gave up the climb. When I arrived, it just had a dense rain, the sky was a bit gloomy, and the main tower was shot. The sky is not very bright.