- The treasures in “Shitenno-ji Temple”
- The garden called “The Land of Perfect Bliss” has an ‘Edo period feel’ to it.
- The national treasure, “Honbo Yuyahojo”
- You can experience “wabi-sabi” in the tearoom!
The treasures in “Shitenno-ji Temple”
There are many important cultural assets at this site such as “Rokujiraisan-do”, A Torii gate, “Yuyahojo”, and the garden “Rokkakutei” (the ‘land of perfect bliss’). The building called “Chuusin-garan” has a beautiful contrast of red and white colors. Inside the temple, there are several Buddhist statues on exhibit in a very solemn atmosphere. Once you step inside, you might feel a little overwhelmed.
The garden called “The Land of Perfect Bliss” has an ‘Edo period feel’ to it.
Going further in the Shitenno-ji Temple, you’ll find a garden called “the land of perfect bliss” with two ponds and two rivers. There are a variety of seasonal plants along side the rivers and ponds so you can experience the four Japanese seasons at anytime while staying in the middle of the lively city of Osaka. There is also a western gazebo called “Hakkakutei” that was built 100 years ago. It’s nice to see this western-style structure in the Japanese garden. This building is one of the properties designated as an important cultural asset.
The national treasure, “Honbo Yuyahojo”
Yuyahojo is where monks used to live in Shitennno-ji Temple. “Yuya” refers to bathroom, and “Hojo” means the square room.
Once you step inside, there’s a spacious tatami floored room and a veranda where you can view the outside exterior. The garden of this Yuyahojo is called “Furadaku-no-niwa”. You can’t walk in this garden, but it’s beautiful to see because of the contract between it’s paved white sand and green foliage. It gives you a sense of Japanese beauty, or “wabi-sabi”.
You can experience “wabi-sabi” in the tearoom!
There are four tearooms at Shitenno-ji Temple; Washoan, Rinchitei, Seiryutei and Fujintei. Please make a visit after your walk.
1-11-18 Shitennoji, Tennoji Ward, Osaka