Sumiyoshi-taisha Shrine

Attraction 2 Chome-9-51 Sumiyoshi, Sumiyoshi-ku, Ōsaka-shi, Ōsaka-fu 558-0045, Japan Published on: 28-07-2016

2 hours 30 mins
06:00 AM - 05:00 PM
09:00 AM
11:30 AM
First-time visit
Attraction
Family
Historic
Must see
Free
Architecture
Temple & Monument
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Osaka's Sumiyoshi Taisha is one of Japan's oldest shrines. Founded in the 3rd century before the introduction of Buddhism, it displays a unique style of shrine architecture, called Sumiyoshi-zukuri.

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Why Sumiyoshi-taisha Shrine is special ?

Osaka's Sumiyoshi Taisha (住吉大社, "Sumiyoshi Grand Shrine") is one of Japan's oldest shrines. Founded in the 3rd century before the introduction of Buddhism, it displays a unique style of shrine architecture, called Sumiyoshi-zukuri, that is free of influence from the Asian mainland. Only two other shrine architecture styles are also considered purely Japanese: Shinmei-zukuri as seen at the Ise Shrines and Taisha-zukuri as seen at Izumo Taisha.


Sumiyoshi-zukuri is characterized by straight roofs (as opposed to the curved roofs commonly built in later centuries) which are decorated by two sets of forked finials (chigi) and five horizontal billets (katsuogi). Furthermore, buildings constructed in Sumiyoshi-zukuri style have their entrance under the gable and are surrounded by a fence.


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What to explore at Sumiyoshi-taisha Shrine?

Leading to the entrance of the main shrine grounds is the beautiful Saruhashi Bridge, which creates a unique high arch over a pond full of black turtles.

You can go to the park and have a snack as well. There was a coffee shop right near the shrine as well.

At weekends, especially days marked "Taian", you may witness a traditional Japanese style wedding ceremony. In the property, the high arched wooden bridge comes into the view.

There is also a cat temple where you can get a traditional style "blessed" maneki neko charm (lucky beckoning cat).

During the quiet season, you will encounter the occasional temple-goer or shrine maiden. Other than that it's really quiet. Do cross the main bridge, feed the sacred horse or ducks and see the many stone lion carvings.

Beyond the bridge is the shrine. you can walk around the ground watching people praying, asking for blessing.

How to get to Sumiyoshi-taisha Shrine?

Sumiyoshi Taisha is located in southern Osaka, a few steps from Sumiyoshi Taisha Station on the Nankai Main Line. From Nankai Namba Station, the one way ride costs 210 yen and takes less than ten minutes by local trains. Note that faster train categories do not stop at Sumiyoshi Taisha Station.

Sumiyoshi Taisha can also be reached by the Hankai Tramway from Tennoji. Alight at Sumiyoshi Toriimae or Sumiyoshi Koen Station (15 minutes, 210 yen one way from Tennoji Ekimae), which are a few steps from the shrine.

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Selling points

  • One of the oldest shrines in Japan
  • Home of the Otaue Rice Planting Festival
  • Excellent place to visit on New Year's Day
  • Nice traditional Japanese shrine and the original cat temple
  • Quiet and truly a Japan Treasure
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Duration
6.0 days
Estimated
146.26 USD
Total travel distance
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Number of places
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2 Chome-9-51 Sumiyoshi, Sumiyoshi-ku, Ōsaka-shi, Ōsaka-fu 558-0045, Japan

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  • In Spring, you can go and see the cherry blossoms, it is really fascinanting
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  • You should bring your camera cos have plenty of nice picture to take.
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  • You should try go there 6:30am if possible, you will be joined in for their prayer session.
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  • Just like other places, you should keep a clean environment in this temple.
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  • You should bring umbrella or raincoat, weather is unpredictable.
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  • You should wear the polite clothes in the reverent temple.
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  • There is a lake surrounded, you should keep eyes on your children to avoid them playing near the bank.
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  • Many couples will hold their traditional Shintō weddings at Sumiyoshi-taisha, so you might be lucky enough to catch a procession while you're here.
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One of Japan's oldest shrines. Founded in the 3rd century before the introduction of Buddhism, it displays a unique style of shrine architecture. Leading to the entrance of the main shrine grounds is the beautiful Sorihashi Bridge, which creates a uniquely high arch over a pond full of black turtles. Sumiyoshi Taisha is located in southern Osaka, a few steps from Sumiyoshi Taisha Station on the Nankai Main Line. From Nankai Namba Station, the one way ride costs 210 yen and takes less than ten minutes by local trains. Note that faster train categories do not stop at Sumiyoshi Taisha Station. Sumiyoshi Taisha can also be reached by the Hankai Tramway from Tennoji. Alight at Sumiyoshitoriimae or Sumiyoshikoen Station (15 minutes, 210 yen one way from Tennojiekimae), which are a few steps from the shrine.

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