About Sumiyoshi Taisha

One of Japan's most renowned shrines, Sumiyoshi Taisha is the head of approximately 2,300 Sumiyoshi shrines throughout Japan.
At the beginning of each year, more than 2 million worshippers visit the shrine to pray for health
and prosperity in the coming year.
Encompassed by natural beauty, the shrine grounds overflow with spiritual spots offering a profound sense of history,
such as the Sorihashi arched bridge (Taikobashi) - an emblem of Sumiyoshi Taisha - sacred trees over 1,000 years old,
numerous cultural properties, and the main shrine hall, which is a designated national treasure.

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  • Honden
  • Nankun-sha
  • Sorihashi Bridge
  • Tanekashi-sha
  • Omoto-sha
  • Goshogozen
  • Omokaruishi

Location

2-9-89
Sumiyoshi, Sumiyoshi-ku, Osaka 558-0045
TEL : +81-6-6672-0753

Nankun-sha

Nankun-sha

The over 1000-year-old giant trees found here are venerated as gods. This is the site of worship for gods offering success in business and the power to attract people and, as a result, is visited by travelers from across Japan. The popular Maneki Neko found here are 500 yen a piece and are designed to invite people and prosperity in the family with the left hand and money and success in business with right.

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Sorihashi Bridge (Taikobashi)

Sorihashi Bridge (Taikobashi)

An emblem of Sumiyoshi Taisha, this bridge is also called 'Taikobashi' (drum bridge) from the reflection it casts on the water's surface. It is believed that crossing the bridge drives away evil and purifies one's spirit.
The bridge is illuminated daily until 9pm.

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Tanekashisha

Tanekashisha

This ancient shrine was included in the listen of official Japanese shrines compiled around the 10th century. It is worshipped particularly as the site for the god of blessing couples with child.
Dolls for bringing luck in conception are sold at the souvenir shop for 1,000 yen.

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Omotosha

Omotosha

As the god for improving relationships and bringing people together, this site offers divine blessings in matrimonial happiness and good fortune in matchmaking.
Dolls for luck in romance and matrimonial harmony are sold at our souvenir shop.

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Goshogozen
(Godairiki - 5 Great Powers - )

Goshogozen
(Godairiki - 5 Great Powers - )

This sacred ground is where the Sumiyoshi Okami first descended. It is said that the prayers will be answered of those who find and collect 3 stones inscribed with the characters '五(Go)', '大(Dai)', and '力(Riki)' and keep these as a charm.
Bags for collecting the stones are sold at the souvenir shop for 300 yen.

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Omokaru Stones

Omokaru Stones

These stones foretell whether or not one's prayers will be answered.
If after picking up the same stone twice, it feels lighter the 2nd time, it is said your prayers will come true.
Method -
1. Visit the shrine
2. Pick up a stone and remember its weight (1st time)
3. Say a prayer with the stone in your hands
4. Pick up the stone once more (2nd time)

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Honden (Main Shrine Hall)

Honden (Main Shrine Hall)

Honden (National Treasure)
Designated as a national treasure, the 4 buildings making up Honden are extremely important structures that express the 'Sumiyoshi-zukuri' style of shrine architecture dating back to the 5th century. The current Honden was built in 1810 and, in an ongoing tradition, undergoes restoration once every 20 years.

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