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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 2 other guides
Ranked #14 of 216 Attractions in Osaka
Certificate of Excellence 2014
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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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Vancouver, Canada
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29 reviews 29 reviews
15 attraction reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 16, 2014 NEW

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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71 helpful votes 71 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 helpful votes 7 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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Sunnyvale, California
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41 reviews 41 reviews
18 attraction reviews
40 helpful votes 40 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 8, 2014

There are several shrines in the Osaka areas and we were deciding which ones to go. Glad that we checked out TA and saw the recommendation from the fellow reviewers. This attraction certainly doesn't disappoint and there is no admission fee as well. It is also pretty easy to get to. We went in the morning and the shrine is... More

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Singapore
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79 helpful votes 79 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 25, 2014

We read that this shrine is a very important in Osaka with very rich and long history. We took the Hankai Tramway (阪堺電気軌道) Uemachi Line from Tennoji Station and alight at Sumiyoshikoen Station (HN11, 200 yen). This is just at the doorstep of the shrine. One could easily spent an hour or more to explore the entire premises, which was... More

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Wishaw, United Kingdom
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31 reviews 31 reviews
12 attraction reviews
24 helpful votes 24 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 16, 2014

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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7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
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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10 reviews 10 reviews
6 attraction reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
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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20 helpful votes 20 helpful votes
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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49 helpful votes 49 helpful votes
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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