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住吉大社 Sumiyoshi-taisha Shrine

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2-9-89 Sumiyoshi, Sumiyoshi-ku Osaka-shi, Osaka 558-0045, Japan
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[April-September]6:00-17:00, [October-March]6:30-17:00
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Date of post:2015/04/23

Sumiyoshi Grand Shrine boasts the number of new year’s worshippers of more than 2.5 million!

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Sumiyoshi Grand Shrine located in Sumiyoshi ward, is one of Japan’s oldest shrines and headquarters of two thousand Sumiyoshi shrines in Japan.

The shrine is called “Sumiyoshisan” by Osaka residents and is famous for the great number of worshippers praying their first visit on New Year’s Day.

It enshrines three main maritime deities and Empress Jingu. Since most of Osaka used to be under the sea, the shrine was the first and last port to pray and thank for their safe voyage. It is said Empress Jingu got a premonition to enshrine the three deities on her way back to Japan in the 3rd century. Later the empress was also enshrined in the shrine.

The shrine has unique Torii gate comprising of two stone-made square-edged pillars and beams. After going into the compound, there appears a big red drum-shaped bridge. It looks impossible to walk up and down the bridge with an extreme angle, but you can be closer to the heaven at the highest point.

The main hall, being built in the Sumiyoshi-zukuri style, the oldest style of architecture is designated as a national treasure.

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