Japan - Osaka - inside the Shitennoji Temple
Shitennoji is the oldest state temple in Japan. It was founded in 593 by Prince Shotoku, who supported the introduction of Buddhism to Japan. Although the temple's buildings burned down several times throughout the centuries, they were always carefully reconstructed to reflect the original 6th century design. Shitennoji's many impressive buildings include a five-storied pagoda and the Golden Hall in which Prince Shotoku is enshrined. There is also a turtle pond and the garden of Gokuraku-jodo, which represents the Buddhist paradise. A treasure house exhibits paintings, sculptures, scriptures and other valuable belongings of the temple.