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Sumiyoshi-taisha Shrine

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Address: 2-9-89 Sumiyoshi, Sumiyoshi-ku, Osaka 558-0045, Osaka Prefecture
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Phone Number: +81 6-6672-0753
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Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
Fee: No
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Built prior to the influx of Buddhist architecture, this shrine - one of...

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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This is it, if you want to visit just one shrine in Osaka.

You cannot compare 住吉大社 with those in Kyoto or in other spots of great scenery. In terms of workship place in metropolitan residential area, 住吉大社 is huge and gorgeous. The... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed 3 weeks ago
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Beverly Hills, California
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Beverly Hills, California
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

You cannot compare 住吉大社 with those in Kyoto or in other spots of great scenery. In terms of workship place in metropolitan residential area, 住吉大社 is huge and gorgeous. The entrance is impressive from across the road already. Then you walk through the famous red bridge (under it ducks, tortoises, etc) and reach four sets of graceful halls. These are... More 

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Stowmarket, England, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

A really beautiful shrine in quite a residential neighborhood. It was a little tricky to get to but worth it!

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Shanghai, China
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 16, 2016

It was the first temple we visited during our trip to Osaka. Very calm and beautiful, it lacked a bit of english explaination regarding its contents.

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Quezon City, Philippines
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 28, 2016 via mobile

Our group has been walking around the whole morning. Our next destination is this place. The travel alone was an experience by itself since the train we took was on one of the earliest railroads built. It was in the middle of the street. Arriving to the place was like a show where a lot of things are in store... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 7, 2016

Unlike the other tourist spots in Osaka, the shrine is less crowded. While the red bridge is the most popular landmark of the Sumiyoshi-Taisha Shrine, the buildings and altars are also quite nice and well-maintained.

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed May 6, 2016

I guess the most exciting thing about the temple is the bridge - wich is nice, and maybe the area that is also peacefull. The temple itself is nice and also its garden, but if you have others things to do in Osaka, maybe you should pass this one

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Birmingham, United Kingdom
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 6, 2016

The very outstanding landmark of this shine is the steep red bridge entrance over the pond. It has a big compound around. We were at one of the shrine where we saw some japanese ladies searching for little pebbles with some kanji characters on it. When asked, they said it was for good luck. So the old japanese man who... More 

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Hong Kong, China
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 4, 2016

There are some temple or shrine charge entrance fee in Japan but not Sumiyoshi-taisha Shrine. This place is quite, people walk their dogs here or ride their bike to stop by the shrine, I feel like I am part of the community in that moment. Luckily, I get a chance to join a traditional Japanese wedding ceremony here. Also, there... More 

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London, England, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 1, 2016

My brother and I rented bikes and cycled to this shrine, we not only got to see the city but visited its best attraction, the gardens are lovely, shrines are lovely and the site is beautiful, especially the crazy steep bridge!!

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Durham, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 30, 2016 via mobile

There are many striking features of this shrine, the first is the very steep red bridge that leads you to the entrance over the pond. The second is the unusual layout of the four key shrines within the complex and the third is the architecture itself. The buildings are stunning and originating from prior to the introduction of Buddhism in... More 

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