Sumiyoshi-taisha Shrine

Osaka, Kansai

Sumiyoshi-taisha is the main shrine of all the Sumiyoshi Shrines in Japan, of which there are some 200. Sumiyoshi-taisha is said to have been built around the 4th or 5th century. The present main shrine was built in 1810. The main shrine, which consists of four buildings facing the ocean towards the west, is one of the oldest historical architectural styles of shrines and is called Sumiyoshi-zukuri. The structure is designated as a National Treasure. The exterior, built in a rectilinear design, is made with red lead and gold metal fittings of black and white coloring, producing a brilliant effect. The interior is noted for being divided into two rooms, at the back and the front.Enshrined here are four deities: Uwatsutsuo-no-mikoto, Nakatsutsuo-no-mikoto, Sokotsutsuo-no-omikoto and Jingu-Kogo. Uwatsutsuo-no-mikoto, Nakatsutsuo-no-mikoto and Sokotsutsu-onomikoto are gods of the sea, and protect vessels at sea. They are fervently worshipped by people in the fishing and maritime industries.


2-9-69, Sumiyoshi-ku, Osaka-shi, Osaka
Admission Fee
Free in the shrine precincts
[Rail]JR Osaka Stn./JR Osaka Kanjo Line/15-min. ride/Shin-Imamiya Stn./Nankai Line/7-min. ride/Sumiyoshi-taisha Stn./2-min. walk

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