Sumiyoshi Taisha (Sumiyoshi Grand Shrine)

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.

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Osaka Osakashi Sumiyoshi-ku Sumiyoshi 2-9-89 map map Map
[Gates open Hours] 6:00 (Oct.--Mar. Is 6:30) [Gates shut Hours] Outer Gate 16:00/Migakiuchi 17:00
open everyday
[Worship fee] Free
Parking Lot
Available (200 spaces) * However, it is closed during the New Year's holiday and summer festival (traffic control available)
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Temporary suspension of business:Closed until May 31, 2020 (Information as of May 22, 2020)
* Information may be changed, so please be sure to check the official information.
Estimated stay time
30-60 minutes

Information Sources:  NAVITIME JAPAN

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  • Worth a trip from downtown Osaka
    5.0 Reviewed : 2023.05.10
    We visited this famous shrine by taking a local train from Osaka. The entrance to the shrine features a steeply curved bridge that spans a rushing creek. Inside there are interesting buildings to...
  • Real gem of Osaka
    5.0 Reviewed : 2023.04.22
    This is the answer to experience historic Osaka without the nightmarish tourist crowd. Sumiyoshi Taisha, around twenty-minute train ride from Namba, is a picturesque Shinto shrine to commemorate the...
  • Serene place
    5.0 Reviewed : 2023.04.16
    Its conveniently situated next to a train station. It was really enjoyable to take a break from the madding crowds of Dotonbori. I went quite early in the morning and it was just a few us. Stroll at...

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