I can’t believe it’s been over a year since our last trip to Japan. Derik and I took a small trip over while were on vacation from teaching in Korea because of the Chuseok holiday. I’ve always meant to post about the gorgeous Sumiyoshi Taisha Shrine, but I never seemed to find the time. So here I am, over a year later, finally posting about it!
Sumiyoshi Taisha is one of the oldest shrines in Japan, founded in the 3rd century. Yes, you read right, 3rd century!!! If you’re looking for a little peace and quiet, a breather from the hustle and bustle of busy Osaka, the quick trip via train may be just the thing! We visited the shrine on the most gorgeous day in the middle of the week, and literally only saw 3 or 4 other people there.
If you’re in the central Osaka area odds the Namba Station is within easy walking distance. You can take a train directly to Sumiyoshi Taisha Station and it’ll only take you 10 minutes. You’ll be hopping on the Nankai Main Line (remember railway line not subway), which will only cost 210 yen ($2 US dollars) each way. The shrine is literally right out the door on the left, you can’t miss the bright red signature bridge.
Be sure to walk around the park located on the opposite side of the railway station and rent a bike to ride around! The food is also wonderful at the nearby restaurants.