Place: 1-1-18 Shitennō-ji, Tennōji-ku, Osaka
Admission JPY 500
Principal Image: Kannon (Avalokiteśvara Bodhisattva)
Founded by: Prince Shōtoku
Festival: Doyadoya Festival 14 January
Overview: The temple is regarded as one of the first Buddhist and oldest officially-administered temple in Japan, although the temple complex and buildings have been rebuilt over the centuries. Shitenno means “Four Heavenly Kings” who live and guard Cardinal Directions north, south east and west. Prince Shōtoku was known for his profound Buddhist faith when Buddhism was not widespread during the 6th century. In order to popularize Buddhism, Prince Shōtoku lead a massive national project to promote Buddhism and also known as founder of Horyuji temple, the oldest wooden building, in Nara.
Official website: https://www.shitennoji.or.jp/ (Japanese only)