Sumiyoshi-taisa Shrine, a shrine with more than 1800 years of history
Sumiyoshi-taisha Shrine is the head shrine of about 2300 sumiyoshi-jinja shrines found across Japan. Along with two other Sumiyoshi-jinja shrines in Shimonoseki and Hakata, the Sumiyoshi-taisha Shrine is counted as one of the Three Major Sumiyoshi in Japan, with a history of more than 1800 years. Gathering over two million worshippers on every New Year, Sumiyoshi-taisha Shrine is well known in Japan. The Hongu of the Sumiyoshi-taisha Shrine is open from 6:00 a.m. to 5 p.m. from April to September. From October to March, the shrine is open from 6:30 a.m. The opening hours change for New Years day, the summer festival and other festivals. It is recommended that you check the exact opening hour before you visit. You can visit and stroll at the precincts of the shrine even though the hongu is closed.
The precincts of the shrine
Besides the Gohonden comprised of four Hongu, where the Sumiyoshi-sanjin and Empress Jingu are enshrined, you can find Owatatsumi-jinja, an auxiliary shrine; aditionnally Funatama-jinja, Wakamiya-hachimangu, Shiga-jinja stand in the precincts of the Sumiyoshi-taisha Shrine. Ishibutai, Gakusho and Minamimon of the Sumiyoshi-taisha Shrine are designated important national cultural assets as places of scenic beauty and historic interest. At this Ishibutai event, bugaku, or Japanese court music and dancing is offered at the Unoha-shinnji held in May every year. Sorihashi, the arched bridge, is a famous spot as it was selected one of the best 100 night view spots in the Kansai region. The bridge has special illuminations until 9 p.m. so you can enjoy beautiful scenery at night. The precincts of the shrine are a sacred place. When you visit the precincts or go and worship at the Hongu, you should refrain from making noise or partaking in inappropriate actions that may disturb other worshippers.
The Sumiyoshi-matsuri, Otaueshinji and Hattatsumairi are major festivals held at the Sumitoshi-taisha Shrine. The Sumiyoshi-matsuri is a summer festival held on Umi-no-hi (Marine Day holiday of Japan), the third Monday of July, and from July 30th to August 1st. This festival is considered as the event to "purify" Osaka. On the final day of the festival, you can see mikoshi, portable shrines, with Omitama, the spirit of Sumiyoshi-taisha Shrine, marching in procession on the road toward Shukuin-tongu in Sakai. Otaue-shinji, held on June 14th, is a rice-planting event to pray to the divinities of the paddy fields. This event is designated as an important intangible cultural asset, where you can enjoy gala dances and the traditional Japanese dance 'mai', besides rice-planting ceremonies. Hattatsumairi is the practice of paying a visit to the shrine on the first day of Tatsu, the Day of the Dragon, on Japans' old calendar-every month and praying for thriving businesses. A number of worshippers gather from throughout Japan and visit to pray at Tanekashi-san, Nankun-san, Asazawa-san and Otoshi-san, the four shrines found in the precincts of the Sumiyoshi-taisha Shrine. You should check the Day of Dragon before you visit as the Day of Dragon changes every year on the calendar. The Sumiyoshi-taisha Shrine has many festivals other than the three major festivals mentioned above.
The closest stations to the Sumiyoshi-taisha Shine are: Sumiyoshitaisha Station on the Nankai Main line and Sumiyoshihigashi Station on the Nankai Koya line of the Nankai Electric Railway, Sumiyoshitoriimae Station on the Hankai line of the Hankai Denkikidou Tramway. The closest bus stop is Sumiyoshikoen of the Osaka Municipal Bus. You can go by car except for New Year and summer festivals when traffic is strictly restricted.
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|Sights||Sumiyoshi-taisha Shrine (住吉大社)|
2-9-89 Sumiyoshi, Sumiyoshi-ku, Osaka-shi, Osaka
|Phone / Fax||Phone: 06-6672-0753 / Fax: 06-6672-0110|
|Closed dates||7 days open|
|Admission Fee||Free admission|
Spring (March - May)Summer (June - August) Autumn (September - November) Winter (December - February)
|Recommended target||Family Couples Groups Child (ages 7-17) Adult (ages 20+) Single traveller|