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Top Temples and Shrines in Osaka

By Viator, March 2018

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Get off the beaten path in the ultramodern city of Osaka by touring its historical side. Pay a visit to these temples and shrines through the city, and you’ll be rewarded with a rich cultural experience often overlooked in Osaka.

Hozenji Temple
Built in 1637, the small and serene Hozenji Temple in Dotonbori attracts relatively few visitors, making it an excellent refuge from the neon lights and crowds of nearby Shinsaibashi. Situated on a narrow lane lined with shops and cafes, the temple is dedicated to one of Buddhism’s five Wisdom Kings.

Osaka Tenmangu Shrine
Founded in the tenth century, Osaka Tenmangu Shrine is one of the most important Shinto shrines in Japan, dedicated to Sugawara Michizane, the deity of scholarship. The shrine famously hosts the Tenjin Matsuri festival, one of the most popular festivals in Japan, where a likeness of the temple’s deity is paraded through the city.

Isshinji Temple
Known for its strikingly modern entrance, Isshinji Temple has a history dating back to the 12th century when it was founded by the leader of the Pure Land Sect. Today, the Buddhist temple enshrines a statue of the Buddha constructed with human bones gifted to the temple by devotees since the late Edo period.

Sumiyoshi Taisha
Many travelers may not realize that Osaka is home to one of Japan’s oldest shrines, Sumiyoshi Taisha Shrine. Founded in the third century, the temple distinguishes itself as being one of only three shrines in the entire country with purely Japanese architecture, free of influence from the Asian mainland.

Shitenno-ji Temple
Shitenno-ji was believed to have been founded in the sixth century, making it one of Japan’s oldest temples of Buddhism. The temple’s stone torii dates back to 1294—the oldest of its kind in the country—and the temple grounds feature a main hall, five-floor pagoda, and a peaceful strolling garden.

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Osaka Full-Day Walking Tour with Osaka River Cruise, Osaka, null
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Osaka Full-Day Walking Tour with Osaka River Cruise

4 star rating: Recommended 63 Reviews

Go for a stroll through Osaka and see its highlights on this guided walking tour, including a 1-hour river cruise on the Aqua Liner. You'll enjoy lunch and ...  Read more

Location: Osaka, Japan
Duration: 6 hours (approx.)

From USD $126.97
Osaka Bus and Boat Hop-On-Hop-Off Tour with Subway Pass, Osaka, Walking Tours
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Osaka Bus and Boat Hop-On-Hop-Off Tour with Subway Pass

3.5 star rating: Worth doing 12 Reviews

See Osaka at your own pace by bus and 1 or 2-day pass including 1 cruise ride. Explore Osaka's most popular sights, such as Osaka Castle, Shitennoji Temple, ...  Read more

Location: Osaka, Japan
Duration: 1 to 2 days

From USD $27.40
Osaka Walking Tour, Osaka, Hop-on Hop-off Tours
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Osaka Walking Tour

5 star rating: Highly Recommended 48 Reviews

See and experience the unique and fun Osaka in 3-hours! You will have a chance to walk through nostalgic neighborhood, eat delicious Osaka local food and meet ...  Read more

Location: Osaka, Japan
Duration: 3 hours (approx.)

From USD $31.97
Private Full Day Tour of Osaka Temples, Gardens and Kofun Tombs, Osaka, Walking Tours
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Private Full Day Tour of Osaka Temples, Gardens and Kofun Tombs

5 star rating: Highly Recommended 4 Reviews

Osaka is a bustling city chock full of "big city" things to do, but there's another side to it as well. This tour takes you from your hotel ...  Read more

Location: Osaka, Japan
Duration: 7 hours (approx.)

From USD $295.00
Half-Day Osaka 4-Hour Off-The-Beaten Track Walking Tour, Osaka, Custom Private Tours
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Half-Day Osaka 4-Hour Off-The-Beaten Track Walking Tour

5 star rating: Highly Recommended 3 Reviews

This is your tour if you demand both the big sights, as well as a walk on the local side. Your guide will be a native English speaker who also speaks Japanese, ...  Read more

Location: Osaka, Japan
Duration: 4 hours (approx.)

From USD $49.00
Osaka Afternoon Walking Tour with Osaka River Cruise, Osaka, City Tours
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Osaka Afternoon Walking Tour with Osaka River Cruise

4 star rating: Recommended 44 Reviews

Combine the best of Osaka on this half-day walking tour in the afternoon. With your expert and friendly guide, explore Osaka Castle — the city’s best-known ...  Read more

Location: Osaka, Japan
Duration: 4 hours (approx.)

From USD $88.60
Private Osaka Custom Full-Day Tour by Chartered Vehicle, Osaka, Walking Tours
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Private Osaka Custom Full-Day Tour by Chartered Vehicle

4.5 star rating: Recommended 2 Reviews

See Osaka your own way by chartering a private vehicle. Choose a limousine, van, or bus, and create your own 8-hour sightseeing tour. Learn about Japanese ...  Read more

Location: Osaka, Japan
Duration: 8 hours (approx.)

From USD $696.94

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