Sunday, December 06, 2015

Travelogue: Shitennoji Temple


When in Japan visiting any of their many temples is a must. There are so many different temples you can find all over Japan and each has its own God and purpose. In Osaka my mom and I decided to make a trip to Shitennoji Temple as it is one of the top ten places that many websites has recommended to visit. Like in the case of Osaka Castle, I had so many expectations for this temple. I also had so many images of it flashing in my head  as we were walking from the train station to the temple grounds. I was ecstatic when were walking on the side walk and looking for the entrance as from afar it looks majestic and grandiose inside. I was appalled when we entered. The entrance to the temple is a huge flea market and most of the structures inside the temple are under construction. It was not what I had in mind. It is still charming even with the few structures that I was allowed to see but the flea market was just out of place in my opinion. It could be just the time when we were there, I don't know. My mom liked it but I didn't. I feel like the flea market took the charm and authenticity of the temple away. Some people may like it just like my mom but my purpose for going there is to see the temple as it is - no markets and no obstructions to the beauty of the structure (one of the reasons why Kyoto was my favorite part of this trip). I don't recommend going to this temple if you aren't a fan of flea markets. There are so many other temples you can go to especially in Kyoto. But if you are, you will find treasures.













8 comments :

  1. Thanks for sharing the photos, Jen! Everything looks picture perfect! Japan is one of my dream destinations. You're so lucky and blessed. I remember you also went to tour Korea! I will go there someday, too!

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    1. Yes, in Japan, every corner and place you go to is picture worthy. I truly am blessed to have been to Japan and twice to Korea this year. Hopefully next year I will have more adventures and new places to visit.

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  2. Amazing! This place looks magical!

    Happy Travels :)

    Miranda

    www.thechicstreet.com

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    1. Truly magical. Japan never runs out of magic.

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  3. Oh my god, Japan looks so beautiful!!!

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    1. It is! One of the most beautiful places I've been to (not that I have seen many countries).

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