One of Japan’s First Shinto Shrines – A National Treasure
Sumiyoshi Taisha is very famous in Japan because it is the first of this branch. There are now more than 2,000 linked shrines across the country. This one was first constructed in 211, long before the Buddhist spread in Japan. Thus, its architecture is typically Shinto (called Sumiyoshi-zukuri), free from any Western influence !
Before entering the shrine, you walk along an alley of street food stalls. The magnificent Sori-hashi bridge then appears in front of you. Its vibrant red and its particular, very rounded and steep shape, make it unique.
Then, you enter the spiritual enclosure and its buildings of the Sumiyoshi-zukuri style. The Sumiyoshi shrines are dedicated to the four kami gods : gaurdians of the sea, agriculture, diplomacy and waka poetry. The Honden (main building) became a national treasure because it is the oldest in Japan. Nearby, you’ll will find beautiful old cedars, lanterns and flags.
The highlights of the year are the New Year Eve, and the Sumiyoshi Matsuri from July 30 to August 1.
The Sumiyoshi-Taisha is open everyday from 06:00 to 17:00 (free). Sumiyoshi Matsuri from the 30th of July to the 1st of August.
Access : From the Namba Station, take the Nankai Line until the Sumiyoshitaisha Station (9min for 210 yen)