Sumiyoshi Grand Shrine
Sumiyoshi Grand Shrine is the main shrine of all Sumiyoshi shrines in Japan, which number 2,300 nationwide. It is revered as the most important provincial shrine of the former Settsu Province and hosts over 2 million visitors at the beginning of each year.
It enshrines the three deities who are said to have appeared from the sea when the god Izanagi no Mikoto performed a purification ceremony, Sokotsutsu no O no Mikoto, Nakatsutsu no O no Mikoto, and Uwatsutsu no O no Mikoto, as well as the Empress Jingu.
Since ancient times, the gods of Sumiyoshi have been revered as guardians of sea travel and, since Japan’s dynastic period, as gods of waka poetry and literature. There is also a belief that the gods will appear in reality, and they are revered as ancestral deities of ritual purification, industry, trade, safe childbirth, and diplomacy.
On its grounds stand the four main shrine halls, which preserve an ancient architectural style designated as a national treasure, as well as the Sorihashi Bridge, an arched bridge regarded as the emblem of Sumiyoshi. It also possesses a multitude of cultural artifacts and a sacred camphor tree said to be 1,000 years old, making it a deeply historic shrine redolent of an enduring past.
Address2-Chome 9-89 Sumiyoshi, Sumiyoshi Ward, Osaka, Osaka Prefecture