Sumiyoshi-taisha (住吉大社), or the Sumiyoshi Grand Shrine, is Osaka’s most famous shrine. It is the headquarters of over 2000 Shinto shrines across Japan and believed to enshrine 3 gods, for protecting the nation, sea voyages and waka (31-syllable) poetry. Registered as a national treasure, it also has a few unique aspects to it. The most interesting was watching Japanese people searching for special stones in a kind of spiritual game, with the aim seemingly to collect together 3 that have certain Japanese characters on them.
Budget travel tips
- It’s on the way from the airport, so worth checking on the way in our out to save a buck on transportation.
Open: 6:30 to 17:00
How to get there
From Namba station, take the Nankai Main Line Local to Sumiyoshi Taisha station (9 mins, 210 yen).