Japan Osaka


Home to one of Japan’s oldest Shinto shrines, Sumiyoshi Taisha

Photo of Sumiyoshi, Japan (Sumiyoshi Taisha Shrine by foooomio)

Sumiyoshi is a district in Osaka, Japan, noted for its Shinto heritage, exemplified by the historic Sumiyoshi Taisha shrine. This area melds ancient customs with the modern pace of life.

About Sumiyoshi

Sumiyoshi is known for its cultural and historical significance, demonstrated by Sumiyoshi Taisha, one of Japan’s oldest Shinto shrines. Founded in the 3rd century, the shrine showcases the Sumiyoshi-zukuri architectural style, which predates the introduction of Buddhism to Japan. Sumiyoshi Taisha venerates the Sumiyoshi Sanjin, deities associated with sea voyages and waka poetry, and is linked with the legendary Empress Jingu.

As the head shrine of the Sumiyoshi shrines in Japan, Sumiyoshi Taisha has been central to the spiritual practices of the region. It has long been a site for mariners to seek divine protection. Annually, from July 30 to August 1, the Sumiyoshi Matsuri celebrates these traditions with processions and rituals that attract numerous visitors.

Despite the urban development of Sumiyoshi into a lively district within Osaka, it continues to boast other sites of historical interest, such as Sumiyoshi Park, offering a green sanctuary - and Japan’s oldest lighthouse - amidst the urban setting.

Sumiyoshi provides a glimpse into the fusion of Osaka’s past and present, and visitors can experience its enduring traditions.

Upcoming Events what's happening around Sumiyoshi

🌸 Cherry Blossom Predictions
Thursday, 21 March - Saturday, 13 April 2024 (predicted)

Cherry blossoms (sakura) started blooming in Hiroshima on March 25, 2024, and are expected to reach their peak around April 1, 2024. In the Kansai region, including Kyoto and Himeji, blossoms are expected to start around March 28, 2024, with Osaka and Nara following shortly after, beginning on March 31 and March 30, respectively.

Petals typically fall within about 1 week of the full bloom unless the weather causes them to drop earlier.

For more information, see our complete Cherry Blossom Predictions 2024 guide.

Updated 29 Mar 2024
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