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Sumiyoshi-taisha Shrine

Address: 2-9-89 Sumiyoshi, Sumiyoshi-ku, Osaka 558-0045, Osaka Prefecture
Phone Number: +81 6-6672-0753
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Private Tour: Osaka City Sightseeing
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Ranked #8 of 229 Attractions in Osaka
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Religious Sites, Historic Sites, Sights & Landmarks
Fee: No
Owner description: Built prior to the influx of Buddhist architecture, this shrine - one...
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Type: Religious Sites, Historic Sites, Sights & Landmarks
Fee: No
Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
Owner description: Built prior to the influx of Buddhist architecture, this shrine - one of the oldest in Japan - exemplifies a purely Japanese style design.
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Bangkok, Thailand
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84 reviews 84 reviews
61 attraction reviews
35 helpful votes 35 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 21, 2015

It's the first place I went when I go to Osaka, it's about 15-20 minutes from Osaka station. The train station was just 5 mins walk to the Shrine but the tram station was just right in front of the Shrine. So for those who has Rail pass, I'd recommend to take the train. Sumiyoshi-Taisha is the old style shrine... More 

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Osaka, Japan
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27 reviews 27 reviews
7 attraction reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 7, 2015

Yes, it's cold. Yes, it's crowded. But there is no better way to start the new year than by braving the crowds, climbing over Taikobashi (drum bridge), and tossing a coin into the main shrine. Then, there's the food. We love browsing all the yatai (food stalls). And there's nothing like a cup of hot amazake (a slightly sweet, low-alcohol,... More 

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Makati, Rizal, Philippines
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44 reviews 44 reviews
32 attraction reviews
16 helpful votes 16 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 7, 2015

Nothing much here. But if you have time, visit it still. Nice bridge, nice food and nice people! You can allocate two hours of your vacation time if you visit this place

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Philippines
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4 attraction reviews
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 1, 2015

Sumiyoshi-taisha Shrine was our first stop in Osaka. It was a bit of a travel (see below for travel tips) because it seemed to be on the Southern part of Osaka where it seems to be quite provincial already. We went during SPRING TIME where the whether was around 15-16 deg C and the cherry blossoms were blooming. When we... More 

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Newcastle, Australia
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63 helpful votes 63 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 1, 2015 via mobile

It was cold... We got a bit lost trying to find the right train line at Namba but it was really all worth it. The temple is full of people on New Year's Day with them following religious observances we didn't understand , money being thrown from a distance , people buying arrows and other items of good luck. All... More 

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Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
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7 attraction reviews
22 helpful votes 22 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 7, 2014

Indeed, worth a visit --- accessible via train, with a nearby (botanical?) park as well that you can do a side visit. The shrine is very peaceful, at least in the morning when we visited. Very few visitors, mostly kids, accompanied by their parents to pray (and donned in traditional japanese attires). At some point, you may have the place... More 

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Osaka
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15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 7, 2014

This shrine is located very close to the tram, or you can bike from Osaka city centre. At weekends, especially days marked "Taian", you may witness a traditional Japanese style wedding ceremony. In the property, the high arched wooden bridge comes into the view. The steps are kind of steep. I find myself that climbing up is much easier than... More 

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Vancouver, Canada
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35 reviews 35 reviews
17 attraction reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 16, 2014

Like - free entry; one of the oldest shrine in Osaka; beautiful traditional Japanese architecture. There is also a cat temple where you can get a traditional style "blessed" maneki neko charm (lucky beckoning cat).

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Adelaide, Australia
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78 helpful votes 78 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 4, 2014

One of the oldest shrines in Japan which has an Amazing steep round bridge which present itself in front of you. this is accessed via the tram, so you can experience 2 attractions at once

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Hattingen, Germany
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7 reviews 7 reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 26, 2014

Well worth a visit. The shrines themselves are very distinctive and are very popular for weddings (visit on a tai-an day for the best chances of seeing a shinto wedding ceremony- they are celebrated openly) and the grounds are beautiful with a pond, high-arch bridge and sacred rice-field.

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