The grounds of Sumiyoshi Taisha are on par with some of the best in the country. The shrine was erected before mainland Asia influenced Japanese architectural styles, and the groundskeepers have preserved a patch of rice field on the southern end of the grounds, giving onlookers an idea of what life in Japan was like prior to modern development.
Built prior to the spread of Buddhism in Japan
Only three such "purely Japanese" shrines exist in Japan
Crowds flock to Sumiyoshi Taisha on January 1 for hatsumode, the customary first shrine visit of the year
Sumiyoshi Taisha Shrine can be accessed by train and then on foot.
From Tennoji Station, walk to neighboring Tennoji-Ekimae Station and take the Hankdai Denki Uemachi Line south for approximately 15 minutes. Exit at Sumiyoshitorii-Mae Station. Sumiyoshi Taisha Shrine is on your left.
Spend 45 minutes to an hour exploring the shrine grounds and facilities. Consider heading to nearby Sumiyoshi Park afterward to view the seasonal blooms of flowers.