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
[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)
Credit Card
Not available
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.

Information Sources:  NAVITIME JAPAN

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  • Beautiful Shrine
    4.0 Reviewed:2020.03.18
    This attractive spot is really gorgeous. It is a very old shrine, which was already mentioned in Nihonshoki. You can see the red bridge and took photo from this bridge.
  • Gorgeous shrine and off the beaten path!
    5.0 Reviewed:2020.02.19
    This spot is gorgeous! The shrine grounds are pretty big and there are several areas/buildings to explore throughout. If you`re lucky, maybe you`ll catch a traditional wedding like I did. It`s a...
  • Hatsumode
    4.0 Reviewed:2020.01.09
    It is a very old shrine, which was already mentioned in Nihonshoki. It is a very popular shrine in Osaka, and the number of Hatsumode visitors exceeds two millions. The main building is a national...

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