Shitennoji Temple Online Tour

Online Experiences

Atsuko T.

4.92(13) reviews
English, Japanese (Native)
1 hour 30 min
Private tour (only you and your group)
Up to 5 people

Shitennoji Temple is Japan's oldest government Buddhist temple.

The temple has a long history.

It was rebuilt around 60 years ago, but the original temple was built in the 6th century.

It is one of the birthplaces of Buddhism in Japan.

The temple shows the unification between Shinto and Buddhism.

It also expresses how important and influential Buddhism was for the people of Japan.

Prince Shotoku built this temple. He played an important role to introduce Buddhism to Japan


Asia/Tokyo (UTC +9hs)

The West Gate and the Paradise Gate

・Walking through the gate and keep walking to the precinct of the temple, you can find the stunning Paradise Gate.

・Viewing those beautiful gates at a glance from the entrance.

・Showing the place to see the breathtaking beauty of sun set.

・Showing the history of Buddhism in Japan

The central precinct

・Viewing the beautiful halls, the five storey pagoda and the central gate laid out in a straight line from the south to the north.

・Showing the history of an ancient Osaka and the relationship with other countries.

・Showing the photos of Buddhist statues in the Halls.

Prince Shotoku’s Hall and other Halls

・Viewing the halls where statues of Prince Shotoku are situated.

・Showing halls with different architectures of which have their own roles in the temple.

The stone stage and the pond

・Viewing the picturesque scenery of the stage, the pond and the hall which is one of the oldest structures in the temple.

・Viewing tortoises in the pond.

The Japanese Garden

・Showing the garden which is based on the concept of the Garden of Paradise.

・Viewing seasonal plants, a beautiful pond and stones, historic halls, and a tea house.

What to Expect

This is an online tour. The tour takes you 90 minutes.

Shitennoji Temple is the oldest government temple in Japan but unfortunately it has experienced a lot of fires. The current temple was built in the 1960s according to the original layout.

The temple is a quiet place in Osaka, which is an urban area.

I'll show you the beautiful structures and picturesque garden in the temple online.

This tour will inform you of the ancient history of Osaka and Buddhism which is one of main religions in Japan.

Please enjoy the tour with me online !

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Inclusions & Exclusions

What‘s included

Guide fee

What‘s not included

All included

Important Information

I am available for doing tours in Osaka, Nara, Kyoto and Kobe at least three days in a week.

I usually know my schedule a month in advance.

Please check my schedule before booking.

I can also do tours until 8 pm (finish time) in Osaka and Nara, 7 pm (finish time) in Kyoto and Kobe.

My transportation fees and lunch costs are not included in the tour price so I respectfully request you pay these costs in cash at the end of the tour.

I will tailor your tours according to your requirements.

Please feel free to contact me at anytime.

I look forward to meeting you and showing you the beauty of Japan.

・This is an Online Tour.

・I'll use Zoom meetings so please make sure to download the Zoom application in advance.

・You'll be able to watch my Online Tour on your personal computers and also smartphones.

・I'll send you the URL for the Online Tour to your email address after you book the tour.

・The meeting room will open to you five minutes before the start time.

・You may still join the tour even if the tour has already started.

・Depending on the internet connection on the day or at the place of the tour, there could possibly be some problems with the sound or video because this is a Live Tour. Please be understanding if it happens. I'll make up any lost time by extending the tour.

・In the case of bad weather, the tour may be changed to another day.

・For reasons of quality control, I will record the tour.

・Tours will begin from 10:00 AM and the last tour will start at 16:00 in order to finish around 18:00 Japanese time. The duration of the tour is 90 minutes. Please make sure you take into account the time difference between Japan and your country.

*Transportation and Lunch costs are not required for online tours.

Cancellation Policy

  • Free cancellation - 48 hours prior to meeting time
  • No Refund - less than - 24 hours before the meeting time



Louise G.

May 29, 2023

Thank you Atsuko,

Atsuko was so flexible with us. We had a couple of injuries that occurred just before we left for a Kyoto and she adjusted the tour and day around our needs. Very flexible and caring and nothing was to much trouble. Highly recommend Atsuko

Atsuko T.

Hello Ms. Louise, Thank you for your kind review and comment. I was very happy to join your trip in Kyoto. It rained all day long yesterday but all of you enjoyed this tour. I appreciate your passion for Japan. I am heading to Kyoto now. Please enjoy strolling around the Philosopher’s Path today and Nara tomorrow. Thank you. Best regards, Atsuko

Sharla S.

May 12, 2023

Kind and Knowledgeable! ??

Atsuko-San was absolutely amazing! She is very knowledgeable and is very easy to talk to too. She taught us a lot about Kyoto and she taught me a lot about the culture which is very important to me as a Japanese American. I do plan on coming back with my sister and mother and would love to use her services again. Thank you so much Atsuko-San!

Atsuko T.

Hello Mr. Sharla S, Thank you for your kind review for my tour. I appreciate your comment for me too. I really enjoyed talking with you. I understand you really like Japan and its culture. I wanted to show you Japan as long as I know. I am happy to hear you plan to come to Japan with your family. Looking forward to seeing you again!! Thank you. Best regards, Atsuko


Caroline P.

May 5, 2023

Nara with atsuko was excellent!

Atsuko was great from the beginning, from emails to meeting us at the train and riding with us from tennoji, to a wonderful tour of the town. Her knowledge of the temples was excellent, and she was very attentive of me and my back issues. It was out best tour with your company. We will recommend GoWithGuide to others.

Atsuko T.

Hello Ms. Caroline P, Thank you for your kind review and comment to me. I really appreciate your thoughtfulness. I enjoyed your tour with your group. All of you were interested in Nara, religions in Japan and history of Japan. I was happy to show you all of them. Thank you. Best regards, Atsuko


Clare D.

Apr 19, 2023

Osaka Castle

We had a beautiful day being taken to Osaka Castle with Atsuko. She is very kind and friendly and introduced us to some traditional Japanese food. The tour was approximately 5 hours and the weather was beautiful which made is so much more enjoyable

Atsuko T.

Hello Ms. Clare, Thank you for your kind review and comment for me. I appreciate your thoughtfulness. I really enjoyed doing the tour with your family group. Your tour was special because you booked my tour last April, when nobody thought Japan was open. You were the 1st person who booked my tour. Finally our dream came true. We could meet in face to face. Thank you for joining me. Please say hello to all of your family. Thank you. Best regards, Atsuko

$11/ per person

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