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  • Sumiyoshi Taisha (Sumiyoshi Grand Shrine)
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    Osaka Osakashi Sumiyoshi-ku Sumiyoshi 2-9-89
    Known affectionately as “Sumiyossan,” the Sumiyoshi Taisha (Sumiyoshi Grand Shrine) is a Shinto Shrine located in the Sumiyoshi Ward of Osaka City, in Osaka Prefecture. It is the head shrine of all the Sumiyoshi shrines in Japan, of which there are around 2,300 in total. The Sumiyoshi Taisha is one of the most popular shrines in the Kinki region for the Hatsumode (the first visit to a shrine in the New Year), and it is thronged with worshippers every January. The founding of the Sumiyoshi Taisha is recorded in the Nihon Shoki (“Chronicles of Japan”), which notes that the Empress Jingu ordered the construction of the shrine to worship Sumiyoshi no Ohkami. Sumiyoshi no Ohkami (which is actually three Shinto deities in one) is renowned as the god of the sea and the god of exorcism. The four halls that make up the Hon-den (main hall) of the Sumiyoshi Taisha are built in the architectural style known as Sumiyoshi-zukuri; all four have been designated as National Treasures.

    The shrine is a short walk from a train station. A nice quiet place, without the tourist crowd. You can see the red bridge at the entrance. This place feels like a shrine. It feels real and not...

  • Abeno Harukas Museum
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    Osaka Osakashi Abeno-ku Abenosuji Abe Haruka 16F
    Located on the 16th floor of the 300-meter-tall Abeno Harukas skyscraper, the Abeno Haruka Museum is a city-center art museum that takes full advantage of its location near a major terminal railway station. The Museum has no permanent exhibitions; instead, it holds several different thematic exhibitions every year, on themes relating to the cultural properties that are found near Kintetsu railway lines, East Asian art (including Japanese art), Western art, contemporary art, etc. The Museum occupies an entire floor of the Abeno Harukas building, giving it a spacious feel; as a great spot to take a break from shopping or sightseeing to admire art in a relaxing atmosphere, it has become a very popular art museum.

    Visited during recent typhoon and everything else seemed to be closed. In tall building - exhibit was fantastic. Stayed for a coffee afterwards at the cafe with wonderful views of Osaka.

  • Shitenno-ji Temple (Head Temple of the Wa School of Buddhism)
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    Osaka Osakashi Tennouji-ku Shitennouji 1-11-18
    The Shitenno-ji Temple is a Buddhist temple in Osaka City. Founded by Prince Shotoku in 593, it is the oldest officially-sanctioned Buddhist temple in Japan. The Temple is laid out in the most ancient Japanese temple architecture style, with the Chu-mon gate, Five-storeyed Pagoda, Kon-do hall and Lecture hall arranged in a straight line running north to south, encircled by a long corridor. The Temple’s stone Torii gateway is said to be the entrance to the Pure Land (also known as the Western Paradise), and is designated as an Important Cultural Property; this gateway was rebuilt in 1294. The Shitenno-ji Temple is famous for the “Doya-doya” Buddhist memorial service which is held there on January 14th every year.

    和労堂は西大門側、南休憩所は南大門側にあります。南休憩所の方が古いですが、大阪のアットホームな親近感があり、こちらの方が気に入りました。 セルフサービスの食堂があり、確か14時半頃で終わるようでした。券売機で食券を買って、厨房前で渡します。 休憩所角には甘味を販売されているコーナーがあり、大福・おはぎ・団子・赤飯・餅などが販売されていましたが、正月だったからかもしれません。 食事も甘味も非常にお手...

  • Aizendo Shomanin Temple
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    Osaka Osaka-shi Tennoji-ku Yuhigaokacho 5-36
    This Buddhist temple is located close to Shitennoji-mae Yuhigaoka Station in Yuhigaoka-cho, Tennoji Ward, Osaka City. Founded in 593 by Prince Shotoku, the prince is said to have read the Srimaladevi Simhanada Sutra to the common people and the temple enshrines a Srimala statue. A statue of Ragaraja, known as Aizen Myo’o in Japanese, was later enshrined in the main temple hall, and thus the temple is also nicknamed the “Aizen-do” and is believed to grant worshippers luck in finding love and marriage. The temple’s two tier pagoda, rebuilt thanks to the mighty samurai lord Toyotomi Hideyoshi, has been designated a National Important Cultural Property. There is also a sacred tree on the grounds said to provide luck in love which served as the model for Matsutaro Kawaguchi’s novel “Aizen Katsura.”

    愛染堂とコラボリップバームが欲しくて、調べてみると大阪市内だったので、初詣に行くコトに。 縁結びに、綺麗になれるお水・・・ご利益をいただける様にが目的で。 行ってみると七福神に勝負運の神様、不動明王・・・と、色々な神様がいらっしゃいます。 恋愛結婚、美人度、金運、仕事、健康運・・・全てに運気上昇をお願いして。 そういえば、太融寺の不動明王さんは、私を見て、すごっい笑ってる顔してたなぁ...

  • Osaka City Museum of Fine Arts
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    Osaka Osakashi Tennouji-ku Chausuyamachou 1-82
    An art museum first opened in 1936 built on the former main residence of the Sumitomo clan. The museum’s collection of over 8,000 artworks and pieces donated by shrines and temples focuses on art and crafts from Japan and China, many of which are designated National Treasures or Important Cultural Properties. The museum’s standing exhibition presents selections from the museum’s collection based on a given theme. The museum also holds open call exhibitions sponsored by art organizations and special exhibitions covering diverse genres of art. The museum shop offers exclusive goods and illustrated exhibition books. The closest station is Tennoji Station.

    If you get the chance before the end of September 2019 do spend the time and money 1400 yen to see this amazing collection of Ukiyo-e wood Prints from the Mary Ainsworth Collection. Starting in the...

  • Osaka Museum of Natural History
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    Osaka Osakashi Higashisumiyoshi-ku Nagaikouen 1-23
    This museum was founded in 1950 and is located within “Nagai Park” in Higashi Sumiyoshi Ward, Osaka City, Osaka Prefecture. The museum is based on the theme of humans surrounding natural history, and they carry out such activities as data collection, exhibitions, and educational activities. The permanent exhibition rooms are based on the four themes, “The Natural World Around Us”, “History of Earth and Life”, “Evolution of Life” and “The Lives of Living Things”. You can enjoy learning about nature in the local area of Osaka, the ecology, and evolution of living things and the environment while taking turns at games and videos. Special exhibitions are held several times a year at the museum. The in-house and outdoor events mainly held on weekends are also popular.

    Located inside Nagai Park, entry is free with your Osaka Amazing pass, otherwise it is chargeable. Good for those who like museums and history. Vist if you have the time and when visiting Nagai park.

  • Ikukunitama Shrine
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    Osaka Osakashi Tennouji-ku Ikutamachou 13-9
    This is a shrine in Tennoji Ward, Osaka City, Osaka, and enshrines the deity of Ikushima-Tarushima, the guardian gods of the land and the earth. It is said that the shrine started when Emperor Jinmu worshiped Ikushima-Tarushima in the vicinity of the current Osaka Castle. Toyotomi Hideyoshi relocated the shrine to its present location in 1583. Although the main shrine was rebuilt after the World War II, it retains the architectural style called “ikutama zukuri” of the Momoyama period. The shrine is popular with a large number of worshippers during the Summer Festival held on July 11th and 12th, one of three major summer festivals in Osaka.

    大阪城の主だった淀君の祀られている神社です。彼女が足繁く通ったことが原因のようです。ほかの神様も祀られていますが、心願成就、縁結び、悪縁切りなど、淀君とは似つかない内容のご利益で、まさに3つの神様がちゃんぽんになった不思議な神社でした。

  • Yasui-jinja Shrine
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    Osaka Osakashi Tennouji-ku Ousaka 1-3-24
    This shrine is right next to Shitennouji-mae Yuhigaoka Station on the Osaka Tanimachi Subway Line. Yasui-jinja Shrine is also known as Yasui Tenmangu Shrine. It is unknown when it was founded, but it is referenced in the Creation of the country by Okuninushi as a shrine dedicated to Sukunahikona no Mikoto. Legend has it that Sugawara Michizane stayed at this shrine before he boarded the boat when he was sent to Dazaifu in Fukuoka. It is also the resting place of Sanada Yukimura after his defeat at the siege of Osaka by the Tokugawa army in 1615 where he was discovered by enemy forces and killed.
  • Sanko-jinja Shrine
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    Osaka Osakashi Tennouji-ku Tamatsukurihonmachi 14-90
    This shrine was founded during Emperor Hanzei's reign (406-410) right in Saishoyama Park. This shrine is dedicated to three Shinto gods, Amaterasu, Tsukuyomi and Susanoo. It was once known as the Himeyama Shrine and was where people of Rikuzen Province once went to pray for the god of sealing wind, but has become more commonly known as Sanko Shrine in Miyagi District. In 1908 Himeyama-jinja Shrine and Sanko-jinja Shrine were merged, becoming Sanko-jinja Shrine. It's believed that Saishoyama was where Sanada Maru, a small fort of Osaka Castle, once stood.

    三光神社は真田山に鎮座します、天照大神・月読尊・素戔嗚尊を祀ります。 かつては大坂城の出城「真田丸」が置かれた場所でもあります。 大坂の陣の際に徳川方の攻撃を食い止めた真田丸の戦いはあまりにも有名。 社殿の下には、真田幸村が掘ったとされる大坂城への抜け穴があります。 信ぴょう性は薄いそうですが、歴史ロマンを感じさせる史跡です。 境内には勇ましい幸村公の銅像もあって、歴史ファンには堪りません。

  • Kamahachiman (Enjuan) Temple
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    Osaka Osakashi Tennouji-ku Karakiyochou 4-2
    A temple of the Buzan-ha sect of Shingon Buddhism. When Sanada Maru, a small fort of Osaka Castle, was built there was a tree that the locals believed to be sacred. Sanada Yukimura also prayed to this tree by stabbing it with sickle and that winter he had a great victory during the winter campaign of the siege of Osaka. It is believed that after his victory Sanada Yukimura then erected this small shrine. This temple is famous as Osaka's foremost temple and worshippers who visit to pray stick sickles into the tree. Photography is not prohibited on the premises.

    悪縁を絶つ寺としても名高いです。境内には江戸時代の国学者、契沖が開いた庵「円珠庵」や契沖のお墓があります。真田幸村が戦勝を祈願した場所でもあるそうです。小さい境内は鬱蒼としていて、独特の雰囲気があります。訪れる人は多そうです。

  • Shinganji Temple
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    Osaka Osakashi Tennouji-ku Esashimachi 2-22
    Shrine in Saishoyama Park located where Sanada Maru, a small fort of Osaka Castle, once stood. Built by the Shigeno clan, a descendent of the Sanada clan, during the Edo period as a memorial for Sanada Yukimura and his son, Daisuke. While the struggling Tokugawa clan did not allow placement of a gravestone, it was finally erected on the 400th anniversary of his death in 2014. The gate is adorned with the six coin Sanada family crest and the grounds are decorated with red banners. Gravesites for the Kyoto Mimawarigumisho (special patrol branch) and Mannaoshi Jizou statues who mend evil connections are found on the grounds.

    駐車場探しで坂道を行ったり来たりウロウロする間に真田丸をここに設けた理由の一つが分かった気がしてきた。それは地形で、坂の途中にありながら、やや高い場所にあることから守りの場所として最適であったのではとの思いがあったからです。今は多くのお寺や住宅、学校でいっぱいですが、当時は大阪城の出丸として格好の地形を選んだかと。そんな思いを巡らせながら見て回られるのも楽しいと思います。すぐ近くには駐車場がありま...

  • Abeseimei-jinja Shrine
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    Osaka Osakashi Abeno-ku Abenomotomachi 5-16
    This shrine is only a five-minute walk from the Higashi-Tengachaya Station on the Hankai Uemachi Line. Found in the Abeno district, the renown Onmyouji (diviner/sooth-sayer) Abe no Seimei is enshrined here. To sooth the spirit of Abe no Seimei, Emperor Ichijo ordered the shrine to be constructed on the grounds of the Seimei clan mansion in year 1007. In addition to a stone monument at the place of Abe no Seimei's birth and a bronze statue there is also the remnants of Ubuyui (a well made for his first birth), making this a must see for fans of Seimei. Many come to pray for blessings including those wishing to improve academically, those hoping to pass exams, and those wishing for safe childbirth. Every year a ceremony is held on September 26th, the anniversary of Seimei's passing.

    我們搭乘阪堺電車在東天下茶屋站下車,再走過去。神社坐落在住宅區,小小的園區,裡面有可愛的狐狸雕塑,以及傳說故事裡要角的雕像,整座寺廟頗為寧靜。建議到堺市時,可以前來走走。

  • Kumata-jinja Shrine
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    Osaka Osakashi Hirano-ku Hiranomiyamachi 2-1-67
    Kumata-jinja Shrine was built in 862, giving it a long and storied history. The main shrine building is designated a National Important Cultural Property, and is the oldest wooden building in Osaka City. The shrine grounds host Japan's only Renga (linked poem) space, where a Renga meeting is held every month. They also run an Internet Renga on the shrine's web page. The Hirano Danjiri Matsuri, one of Osaka's grandest festivals, is a must-see. The festival is held for four days from July 11th to the 14th every year. They say more than 300,000 spectators come every year. Held along the Hirano River east of JR Hirano Station, the festival days see nine large Danjiri floats carried to the shrines main Daimon Gate in a magnificent spectacle.
  • Abeouji-jinja Shrine
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    Osaka Osakashi Abeno-ku Abenomotomachi 9-4
    This shrine is said to have been founded by Emperor Nintoku. In the Heian period, when the Kumano pilgrimage was popular, and due to its location on the Kumano highroad, it became one of the Kumano 99 Princes (subordinate shrines of the Kumano Grand Shrine). It is the only Prince shrine remaining in its original location in the Osaka prefecture. The shrine is dedicated such things as the removal of misfortune, health and recovery from illness. No reservation is necessary for prayer rituals for the removal of misfortune. The prayers are conducted from 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. every day. The shrine's Yatagarasu Omikuji, modelled on the mythological Yatagarasu crow, is very popular. Within a nearby enclave, is the Abe no Seimei Shrine.

    入り口に鳥居があって、ちょっと参道を歩いていくと広い境内に入り、左手に立派な拝殿がありました。また安倍晴明神社がすぐ近くにあり、ここにお参りした後に行きました。

  • Horikoshi-jinja Shrine
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    Osaka Osakashi Tennouji-ku Chausuyamachou 1-8
    This shrine on Mt. Chausu is about 10 minutes' walk north of Tennoji Station, serving every line, and Kintetsu's Abeno Station. Built by Shotoku Taishi at the same time as Shintenno-ji Temple, it is counted among the 7 halls of Shintenno-ji. Long known in Osaka as home of a god who will grant one wish in your lifetime, recently it's also become popular as a spot to feel spiritual energy. They also offer their Hito Yume Prayer service by post, where parishioners write their deepest dream on a thin piece of paper, receive a blessing, and keep it next to their skin until their dream comes true.
  • Horaku-ji Temple
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    Osaka Osakashi Higashisumiyoshi-ku Yamasaka 1-18-30
    This temple is a four-minute walk from Minamitanabe Station. It is one of the 36 Fudo Temples in the Kinki Region and is affectionately called Tanabe-no-ofudo-san. Built in 1178, it is said to have originated when Taira no Shigemori placed Minamoto Yoshitomo's sacred personal Buddhist statue at the site. As you walk through the temple gate, the Dainichi Buddha of Kongokai (diamond world of buddha) is enshrined in the three-storied pagoda. On the right, a large 800-year-old camphor tree is standing, creating a calm scenery. In 1978, an original piece of the national treasure, Ao (Blue) Fudo of Shourenin Temple in Kyoto was found here and listed as an Important Cultural Property.

    Really enjoyed this temple, there is an 800-year-old tree, a three-story the pagoda. A bunch of statues, I met some really friendly people here as well. Some Lotus, bells, not the best temple in the...

  • Dainenbutsu-ji Temple
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    Osaka Osakashi Hirano-ku Hiranouemachi 1-7-26
    This is the head temple of the Nembutsu faith Yuzu Nembutsu sect that spread in the late Heian period, located a five-minute walk to the south of Hirano Station. The temple originated when the Ryonin Priest received an order from Prince Shotoku and built a Nemoto Dojo-seminary. The Sanmon (Temple gate) built in the early Edo period in front of the temple was designated as Osaka City's Tangible Cultural Property in 2006. The Hondo (Main Hall), reconstructed in 1938 which you can see as you pass through the gate, is made of zelkova wood with copper roofing. This is also the largest wooden building in Osaka Prefecture. In addition, this building was registered as a Tangible Cultural Property of the country in 2003.

    地下鉄平野駅1番出口から徒歩10分ほどです。おおさか十三仏霊場第10番札所です。第7番札所の全興寺からも徒歩10分ほどです。融通念仏宗総本山で男子あるだけに、大きくて立派なお寺さんでした。

  • Senkoji Temple
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    Osaka Osakashi Hirano-ku Hiranohonmachi 4-12-21
    "Senkoji Temple is about a five-minute walk from the south exit of JR Hirano Station. It is considered one of the 13sacred Buddhist sites of Osaka and one of the 88 sacred sites of the former province of Settsu. Its beginnings date back about 1400 years, when Prince Shotoku Taishi built a small temple and installed a statue of YakushiNyorai (the bodhisattva of healing). The main buildings, dedicated to YakushiNyorai, are in the center of the temple grounds. This temple is also famous for its Jigokudo, a hall where visitors can supposedly experience hell. At the entrance, they check to see to what degree they merit paradise or hell, and see a fearsome statue of Enma- Daio, the kind of hell. The Machigurumi (""Entire Town"") Museum and the Dagashi-ya San (""Cheap Candy Store"") Museum are also on the temple grounds."

    A small shrine where you can have a good picture of both hell and heaven with an interesting and interactive area for people to play and understand the story. I like the place where it connected to...

  • Isshinji Temple
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    172 Reviews
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    Osaka Osaka-shi Tennoji-ku Osaka 2-8-69

    I have seen the temple they have a nice place in the shadow to sit down and interesting graves. I would recommend it if you are nearby.

  • Osakazenkoji Temple
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    Osaka Osaka-shi Ikuno-ku Nakagawa 3-7-18

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