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Osaka's Sumiyoshi Taisha (Zg, "Sumiyoshi Grand Shrine") is one of Japan's oldest shrines. Founded in the 3rd century before the introduction of Buddhism, it displays a unique style of shrine architecture, called Sumiyoshi-zukuri, that is free of influence from the Asian mainland. Only two other shrine architecture styles are also considered purely Japanese: Shinmei-zukuri as seen at the Ise Shrines and Taisha-zukuri as seen at Izumo Taisha.

Sumiyoshi-zukuri is characterized by straight roofs (as opposed to the curved roofs commonly built in later centuries) which are decorated by two sets of forked finials (chigi) and five horizontal billets (katsuogi). Furthermore, buildings constructed in Sumiyoshi-zukuri style have their entrance under the gable and are surrounded by a fence.

Sumiyoshi Taisha is the main and most famous of over two thousand Sumiyoshi shrines found across Japan. Sumiyoshi shrines enshrine the kami (Shinto gods) who protect travelers, fishermen and sailors at sea. The shrines are therefore usually found close to harbors.

There are four main halls at Osaka's Sumiyoshi Taisha. Interestingly, the first three are positioned in a straight line facing west, while the fourth stands just beside the third. This arrangement of shrine buildings is rarely seen in Japan, as shrines built during and after the Nara Period (710-794) mostly face south, pertaining to Chinese geomancy.

Leading to the entrance of the main shrine grounds is the beautiful Sorihashi Bridge, which creates a uniquely high arch over a pond. During hatsumode (first visit to a shrine on New Year), Sumiyoshi Taisha is one of the most visited shrines in the country.

Getting there and around

Sumiyoshi Taisha is located in southern Osaka, a few steps from Sumiyoshi Taisha Station on the Nankai Main Line (10 minutes, 210 yen one way from Nankai Namba Station by local trains). Note that faster train categories do not stop at Sumiyoshi Taisha Station.

Sumiyoshi Taisha can also be reached by the Hankai Tramway from Tennoji. Alight at Sumiyoshitorii-mae or Sumiyoshi tram stop (15 minutes, 210 yen one way from Tennojieki-mae), which are a few steps from the shrine.

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      A modern Japanese inn in Dotombori. the center of Osaka. 2 subway stations nearby. Close to many shops and Osaka Castle.
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    • Citadines Namba Osaka
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      Citadines Namba Osaka has a fitness centre, shared lounge, a restaurant and bar in Osaka. With free WiFi, this 4-star hotel offers a shared kitchen and a 24-hour front desk. The property is 700 metres from the city centre and 300 metres from Nipponbashi Catholic Church. All rooms at the hotel come with air conditioning, a seating area, a flat-screen TV with cable channels, a safety deposit box and a private bathroom with a shower, free toiletries and a hairdryer. Each room is fitted with a kettle, while some rooms are fitted with a kitchen with a stovetop. At Citadines Namba Osaka the rooms include bed linen and towels. A buffet breakfast is available each morning at the accommodation. Popular points of interest near Citadines Namba Osaka include Nipponbashi Park, Komyo-ji Temple and Shinko-ji Temple. The nearest airport is Itami Airport, 22 km from the hotel.
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    • Guest House Rice Chikko
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      Guest House Rice Chikko is located in Osaka and features free WiFi throughout the property. Guests can enjoy the on-site bar and shared lounge. The property is located 7 km from Namba Station and Glico Man Sign. All rooms in the guest house are fitted with a flat-screen TV. The shared bathroom is equipped with free toiletries. Guest House Rice Chikko is a 30-minute train ride or a 15-minute drive away from Universal Studios Japan. Shinsaibashi Station is 7 km from Guest House Rice Chikko, while Shinsekai is 7 km away. INTEX Osaka is 2 km away, while Kyocera Dome Osaka is 4.4 km away. The nearest airport is Osaka Itami Airport, 15 km from the property.
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    • InterContinental Hotel Osaka, an IHG Hotel
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      Only a 5-minute walk from JR Osaka Train Station, InterContinental Osaka is located at the newly developed Grand Front Osaka. This 5-star hotel boasts 5 dining options, a 24-hour fitness centre and an indoor swimming pool. Free WiFi is available at the entire property and guests can enjoy refreshing massages during their luxurious stay. Umeda Station on the Midosuji Line is a 7-minute stroll from the hotel. Offering views of Osaka city from the 20th floor, Pierre restaurant serves exquisite contemporary French dishes. All Day Dining serves a buffet with various international dishes, drinks are available at Adee Bar and Lounge. Osaka InterContinental Hotel is a 10-minute drive from Osaka Castle and a 20-minute drive from Universal Studios Japan. Shin Osaka Station and Namba Station are both a 15-minute train ride away. Kansai International Airport is a 60-minute express train ride from JR Osaka Station.
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    • MIMARU OSAKA SHINSAIBASHI WEST
      Luxury
      Featuring 4-star accommodation, MIMARU OSAKA SHINSAIBASHI WEST is situated in Osaka, 600 metres from Manpuku-ji Temple and less than 1 km from Wakoji Temple. Built in 2020, this 4-star hotel is within 600 metres of Namba Shrine and less than 1 km of Samuhara Shrine. The property is 1.9 km from the city centre and 400 metres from Kokoni Sunaba Ariki Monument. The rooms are fitted with air conditioning, a fridge, a microwave, a kettle, a bidet, free toiletries and a wardrobe. Featuring a private bathroom with a shower and a hairdryer, rooms at the hotel also boast free WiFi. At MIMARU OSAKA SHINSAIBASHI WEST rooms include bed linen and towels. Staff speak English, Indonesian, Japanese and Korean at the reception. Popular points of interest near the accommodation include Orange Street, Amida Pond and Shinsaibashi Station. The nearest airport is Itami Airport, 20 km from MIMARU OSAKA SHINSAIBASHI WEST.
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    • Auberge du Tanuki Noir Maison d'H?tes
      Mid-range
      Situated 2.4 km from Universal Studios Japan, Auberge du Tanuki Noir Maison d'H?tes d'H?tes is set in the Osaka Bay district of Osaka. The property is located 4 km from Glico Man Sign. Namba CITY shopping mall is 4.1 km from the property. At the guest house, the rooms have a wardrobe. The property offers a simple breakfast including coffee and cookies. Guests at Auberge du Tanuki Noir Maison d'H?tes d'H?tes can also enjoy a French breakfast for an additional fee upon prior request. Billboard Live Osaka is 5 km from the accommodation, while Shinsekai is 5 km away. Osaka Itami Airport is 23 minutes away by train, while Kansai International Airport is 55 minutes away by train from the property.
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    • LIBER HOTEL AT UNIVERSAL STUDIOS JAPAN
      Luxury
      LIBER HOTEL AT UNIVERSAL STUDIOS JAPAN features air-conditioned rooms with satellite flat-screen TV in the Osaka Bay district of Osaka. Among the facilities of this property are a restaurant, a 24-hour front desk and ticket service, along with free WiFi. The hotel has a garden and provides a terrace. Guest rooms in the hotel are equipped with a kettle. All units will provide guests with a fridge. A continental breakfast is available daily at LIBER HOTEL AT UNIVERSAL STUDIOS JAPAN. Universal Studios Japan is 3.1 km from the accommodation, while Tempozan Ferris Wheel is 6 km away. The nearest airport is Itami Airport, 22 km from LIBER HOTEL AT UNIVERSAL STUDIOS JAPAN.
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    • Hotel Universal Port Vita
      Luxury
      Ideally located in the Osaka Bay district of Osaka, Hotel Universal Port Vita is a 4-minute walk from Universal Studios Japan, 4 km from Osaka Bay Tower and 6 km from Tempozan Ferris Wheel. Featuring a restaurant, the 4-star hotel has air-conditioned rooms with free WiFi, each with a private bathroom. Private parking is available on site. Guest rooms in the hotel are fitted with a kettle. All guest rooms at Hotel Universal Port Vita come with a flat-screen TV with satellite channels and a safety deposit box. Guests at the accommodation can enjoy a buffet breakfast. Speaking English and Japanese at the 24-hour front desk, staff are willing to help at any time of the day. Isoji Central Park is 4 km from Hotel Universal Port Vita, while Minato Kumin Centre is 4 km from the property. The nearest airport is Itami Airport, 16 km from the hotel.
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    • HOTEL THE FLAG Shinsaibashi
      Mid-range
      3-star accommodation, HOTEL THE FLAG Shinsaibashi is located in central Osaka, 600 metres from Dotonbori River and the Ebisu Tower Ferris Wheel, 700 metres from popular music and shopping district America Village. Conveniently located in the Chuo Ward, the hotel is situated 2.4 km from Shinsekai. The hotel offers a 24-hour front desk with multi-lingual staff. Free WiFi is available at the hotel. Each air-conditioned room is equipped with a flat-screen TV and desk. Free toiletries and rain shower are provided in all rooms, while certain rooms feature a bathtub. A buffet breakfast is available daily at the hotel. Traditional locations such as Shitennoji Temple and Kuromon Ichiba Market are within 2.5 km from the hotel. Osaka Itami Airport and Kansai International Airport are both less than a one-hour train ride from HOTEL THE FLAG Shinsaibashi.
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    • Hotel Cordia Osaka Hommachi
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      Featuring 3-star accommodation, Hotel Cordia Osaka Hommachi is set in Osaka, 400 metres from OSTEC Exhibition Hall and 400 metres from Mitama Shrine. With a restaurant, the 3-star hotel has air-conditioned rooms with free WiFi, each with a private bathroom. The property is 1.1 km from the city centre and 200 metres from Hongan-ji Temple Tsumura Betsuin. The units at the hotel come with a flat-screen TV and a safety deposit box. At Hotel Cordia Osaka Hommachi every room includes bed linen and towels. A continental breakfast is available every morning at the accommodation. Hotel Cordia Osaka Hommachi can conveniently provide information at the reception to help guests to get around the area. Popular points of interest near the hotel include Nanba Betsuin Temple, Namba Shrine and Aramitsu Inari Daimyojin Shrine. The nearest airport is Itami Airport, 19 km from Hotel Cordia Osaka Hommachi.
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    • Hotel Royal Classic Osaka
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      Ideally located in Osaka, Hotel Royal Classic Osaka offers 4-star accommodation close to Motomachinaka Park and Orange Street. Each accommodation at the 4-star hotel has city views, and guests can enjoy access to a restaurant and to a bar. Free WiFi is available and private parking can be arranged at an extra charge. The hotel will provide guests with air-conditioned rooms offering a desk, a kettle, a fridge, a safety deposit box, a flat-screen TV and a private bathroom with a bidet. At Hotel Royal Classic Osaka the rooms are equipped with bed linen and towels. A buffet, American or Asian breakfast is available every morning at the property. Speaking English, Japanese, Korean and Chinese at the reception, staff are always on hand to help. Popular points of interest near the accommodation include Glico Man Sign, Naniwa Park and Shinsaibashi Shopping Arcade. The nearest airport is Itami Airport, 21 km from Hotel Royal Classic Osaka.
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