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露天神社 Tsuyunoten Shrine

  • Temples / Shrines / Cathedrals
  • Kita (Osaka Station / Umeda) Area
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Kita (Osaka Station / Umeda) Area
2-5-4 Sonezaki, Kita-ku Osaka-shi, Osaka 530-0057, Japan
  • Temples / Shrines / Cathedrals
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Worship - 6:00-24:00
Open every day
Date of post:2015/05/12

Known as one of the sad, yet romantic spots in Osaka

  • Historic / Cultural Experiences

Tsuyuno Tenjinsha (a shrine) is located in the Ohatsu Tenjin shopping street and among the office buildings. It takes about 10 to 15 minutes from JR Osaka or Hankyu Umeda station on foot. It originated more than 1,300 years ago. The shrine is familiar to locals under the name of Ohatsu Tenjin rather than its original name.

Ohatsu is named after a suicide incident in 1703. Then, it was made into the theater play of Bunraku, Japanese traditional puppet theater and that is how the shrine became popular among people in the era. For those who are new to the story, here's a brief plot. Ohatsu, a harlot, and Tokubei, an assistant manager at soy sauce shop, were secretly in love. Tokubei was a sincere and hardworking man so the owner of the shop decided to appoint him as a manager and tried to make him marry with another woman. Both Ohatsu and Tokubei were involved with betrayals and financial issues later on, and ended up committing a suicide after pledging their eternal love at Tsuyuno Tenjinsha.

As Ohatsu and Tokubei pledged their love at the pine tree in the shrine based on the story, this shrine is known as a place for “enmusubi”, blessing people with good relationships. Young people visit here to wish for stronger bonding to each other. You can make a wish on a heart shaped “ema”, a piece of wooden card sold at shrine shop. They also sell lucky charms heart shaped fengshui straps and scent bags.

I visited here during afternoon in May. It was quiet, and the greens were really pretty. It is open at night, so if you are around Umeda, taking a short walk and making a wish with your significant other would be good memory.

Date of post:2015/04/23

A small but popular Shinto shrine in the midst of high skyscrapers! Tragic love story is waiting for you

  • Temple / Shrine

Within ten minutes’ walk from JR Osaka station, you will see a long standing local shrine called “Ohatsu tenjin” (Ohatsu shrine) officially “Tsuyunoten Shrine” at Sonezaki. The shrine has a history of more than 1,000 years as the guardian of the surrounding area from the days it was on the island in the Osaka Bay.

It became popular when a shop clerk named Tokubei and a courtesan Ohatsu committed a double suicide in the woods within the shrine’s precincts in 1703. This passionate love incident was soon made into the puppet drama titled “Sonezaki Shinju (the love suicide at Sonezaki)” by Monzaemon CHIKAMATSU, a splendid playwright and he also achieved nationwide fame. Since then the shrine began to be called “Ohatsu Tenjin”.

Why not take a look at the statue of the couple displayed within the compound and pray for them?

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