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Sumiyoshi-taisha Shrine住吉大社

Guardian deity for sailors and prosperity. The oldest architectural style of the 3rd century remains here.

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Guardian deity for sailors and prosperity. The oldest architectural style of the 3rd century remains here.

The Sumiyoshi-taisha Shrine was built in the 3rd century. It is located in Sumiyoshi-ku, Osaka and is dearly cherished by the people of Osaka as the guardian deity for sailors and deity to bring prosperity. It is the headquarters of over 2,000 Sumiyoshi-sha Shrines nationwide. Some 3 million people visit this shrine at the beginning of a new year.
 
The shrine has the First to Fourth Sanctuaries. Each sanctuary is built in the Sumiyoshi-Zukuri style with straight roofs, the oldest shrine architecture style. They are all designated as national treasures. In the precincts surrounded with woods, over 600 stone garden lanterns stand in a row, and a red arched bridge spans over the pond.

The Otaue Ceremony celebrated in early summer is a festival to pray for rich harvests. In this Ceremony women form a row and plant rice seedlings. During this planting, the Sumiyoshi-odori dance and other traditional performing arts are performed on the stage at the center and on the footpaths between the rice paddies. This ceremony is designated as an important intangible cultural property of Japan since it is a well preserved traditional planting style. There is Abiko Kan'non(Goddess of Mercy) which is believed to protect people from disasters and bestow happiness and the Ooyosami Shrine in the neighboring area.
 

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38 min from Kansai Airport via Sakai to Sumiyoshi-Taisha Station by Nankai "Rap:t" (limited-stop express) - change to a local train at Sakai Station.

Take JR Tokaido Shinkansen Line for 2 hours and 30 minutes from Tokyo Station to Shin-Osaka Station. Then, take a subway for 14 minutes from Shin-Osaka Station to Namba Station, and take Nankai Dentetsu Line for 10 minutes from Nankai Namba Station to Sumiyoshi Taisha Staion.

 

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