Sumiyoshi Taisha Shrine, Osaka

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For ages, the three enshrined Shinto gods at Sumiyoshi Taisha Shrine have protected the nation, people on sea voyages, and patrons of waka poetry. This grand Sumiyoshi-zukuri style shrine serves as headquarters of some 2,000 Sumiyoshi shrines scattered throughout Japan. Because of the three gods' purposes, the shrine is a pilgrimage site for students of military arts, mariners, and poets. Observe how locals swarm the place, especially during New Year's Eve, to make wishes and pray for prosperity. Examine the shrine's symbol--the vermilion-colored Taiko-bashi bridge--and simply relax in the serene ambience. For Sumiyoshi Taisha Shrine and beyond, use our Osaka route website to get the most from your Osaka vacation.
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  • This is a must see attraction when visiting Osaka. The bridge makes for great photos, and the area around the shrine is very peaceful to walk around. This place is not very crowded too, which is great...  more »
  • This shrine was a pleasant surprise. I was amazed by its beauty, and I was lucky to visit this place without so many people around. The view of this place is just beautiful. Easy access from the train...  more »
  • Had a transit time at the Kansai Airport, so I went to the Sumiyoshi Taisha Shrine. Because it was early in the morning or to other visitors, impression of the people to clean up. Anti-bridge and motomiya, highlights, such as many stone! Speaking of Sumiyoshi-Taisha Shrine there was a lively image of the shrine, but location very peaceful atmosphere.
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  • The shrine was a great visit that lasted about an hour. The gardens were nice and the shrine as a whole is very well maintained. I enjoyed seeing locals coming to pray at the various buildings.
  • Absolutely amazing shrine situated in a green area that seems to capsule it from the rest of the grey city. We visited the second day of hatsumode and it was crowded as we never seen before! Anyway it was stunning to see the rituals and the beautiful new year decorations, as well as the hundreds of small fair stalls. We had caramelized apples, clementines and strawberries, otonomiyaki, omusoba, tayaki, castella waffles... I recommend it a lot for having the first hatsumode experience!
  • Enjoyed the hatsumode in this shrine, where you can find lots of food stalls and game outlets while visiting the shrine.
  • The temple has an old history. It is an interesting place to visit. Finding the stone 五大力 is a special experience.
  • It could maybe because it has been the first temple that I visited since I came to Japan, but you have to visit this beautiful shrine. It is one of the greatest shrines in Japan, immersed in nature: you just have to enter the shrine to forget about the city's noise.

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