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Sumiyoshi-taisha Shrine

2-9-89 Sumiyoshi, Sumiyoshi-ku, Osaka, Osaka Prefecture 558-0045, Japan
+81 6-6672-0753
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As featured in 3 days in Osaka and 3 other guides
Ranked #14 of 201 attractions in Osaka
Type: Historic Sites, Religious Sites
Fee: No
Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
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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Wishaw, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 16, 2014 NEW

Spent nearly an.hour walking round here. Very quiet and peaceful. Beautiful bridge and plenty ducks, turtles and fish.ti see in water below. Good to see some brand new buildings amongst the older ones. Great place to take some excellent photos. Very picturesque.

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Melbourne, Australia
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 7, 2014

If you combine this with the tramway to get there then the whole experience is very good. We had the bonus of a traditional wedding at the shrine and the cherry blossoms which made it very good for us but taken in isolation may be rated average.

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Manila, Philippines
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 6, 2014

It is kinda hard to go here because, it is on a local train, especially if you came from the city, the Rainbow bridge, I think was called Rainbow bridge, because of the reflecting shadow of the bridge or because it was a curved shaped bridge, the bridge, has stairs to climb on, because without, the stairs, the person who... More

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Stockholm, Sweden
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 27, 2014

The shrine is rightly famous and very nice. If you are interested in Japanese shrines, I suggest you put this one high on your list of things to see when you are in Osaka.

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Singapore, Singapore
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed February 26, 2014

So there was a rave over this temple because it is an important shrine in Osaka for the past history. However, when I was there, there was nothing interesting. We spent probably 20mins or less and left the place. The only plus point is that there is no crowd at all, we were probably the only tourists there besides a... More

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Osaka, Japan
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 10, 2014

有名どころ。太鼓橋で記念撮影を。 南海電車や路面電車でアクセス便利。近くの商店街も昔ながらで楽しい。 夏祭りや初詣は大賑わいだが、それ以外はとても静か。 many people visit here. you'll say "beautiful" when you enter. there is a famous bridge calld "Taiko bashi" Taiko means a dram and bashi means a bridge. during Summer festival around 1st August, New years festival 1/1~1/3, it's so crowded since there are many booths of foods and games like the night market like in other Asia... More

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 4, 2014

Kyoto may have more shrines, but Osaka has this one. Historic, important, spacious, in a pleasant neighbourhood. For diverse reasons. For photography, to see how others use the shrine, to meditate, etc. One may also wander around the neighbourhood that surrounds it. I have now been here several times - each time by bicycle (walking, cycling, and public transport access... More

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Singapore, Singapore
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 31, 2014

The good thing about this area is that it is free. As with typical Japanese shrines, you can ring the bell and pray for good luck. As this is one of the oldest shrines in Osaka, the architecture of the shrines are slight different. I didn't notice any English descriptions but the place was easy to find. If you had... More

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 26, 2014

This temple is a real gem which I recommend you to visit. Firstly, take the tram to Sumiyoshitoriimae Station. The experience will be really quaint for those who rarely have the opportunity to take trams. The temple itself is a large complex with many individual shrines. During the quiet season, you will encounter the occasional temple-goer or shrine maiden. Other... More

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São Paulo
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 13, 2014

One of the oldest in Japan, this shrine is beautiful and peaceful. A nice change from the hustle and bustle of Osaka city center.

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