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Osaka Tenmangu Shrine

A historical shrine dedicated to the deity of learning, celebrated with one of Osaka’s major festivals.

Photo of Osaka Tenmangu Shrine, Japan (大阪天満宮 by Kentaro Ohno)

Osaka Tenmangu Shrine, also known as Osaka Tenman-gu, is a significant Shinto sanctuary located in Osaka, Japan. Founded in 949, this shrine venerates Sugawara no Michizane, a deity of scholarship, drawing students and scholars who pray for academic success.

About Osaka Tenmangu Shrine

The peaceful precincts of Osaka Tenmangu Shrine honor Sugawara no Michizane, a respected Heian period scholar, and politician, revered here as the deity of learning. Although founded in the mid-10th century, the shrine has been rebuilt several times, with the present main hall constructed after World War II. Reflecting traditional Shinto architectural style, the shrine stands as a cultural landmark.

Osaka Tenmangu Shrine is not only a sanctuary for quiet contemplation but also the site of the Tenjin Matsuri. Taking place on July 24th and 25th, this festival is one of Osaka’s major summer events and features a procession of the shrine’s mikoshi through the city and along the river. The Tenjin Matsuri is a vibrant expression of local culture and community spirit, known for its river procession.

At Osaka Tenmangu Shrine, visitors can appreciate the various structures, stroll through the gardens, and take note of the unique ceiling zodiac, where the rooster is depicted as a phoenix. The shrine complex allows for spiritual reflection and a glimpse into Osaka’s history.

English-language guided tours are available, providing insights into the Shinto practices. The shrine is also a sought-after location for Japanese weddings, emphasizing its role in contemporary culture.

Located in the bustling Tenma district, renowned for its shopping and nightlife, Osaka Tenmangu Shrine offers a contrasting haven of tranquility. The nearby Tenjinbashisuji Shopping Street, a bustling local shopping area, and the Osaka Museum of Housing and Living, depicting Edo Period life, are additional attractions.

Osaka Tenmangu Shrine is a symbol of learning and spiritual importance, bridging the past and the present in Osaka’s cultural landscape.

Getting There the easiest way to reach Osaka Tenmangu Shrine

T 21

 Tanimachi Line + 1 more

 about 5 minute walk (400m)
H 43

JR Ōsakatemmangū
 JR Tozai Line

 5-10 minute walk (500m)

Around Osaka Tenmangu Shrine

Osaka Tenmangu Shrine

Shinto Shrine in Osaka

open 9am - 5pm
closed Irregularly


大阪天満宮, 大阪

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