SUMIYOSHI GRAND SHRINE AND KUROMON MARKET
In this tour, you will vist cultural and historical destinations in Osaka.
Osaka's Sumiyoshi Taisha Shrine is one of Japan's oldest shrines. Founded in the 3rd century before the introduction of Buddhism, it displays a unique style of shrine architecture, called Sumiyoshi-zukuri, that is free of influence from the Asian mainland. Only two other shrine architecture styles are also considered purely Japanese: Shinmei-zukuri as seen at the Ise Shrines and Taisha-zukuri as seen at Izumo Taisha.
Until the end of the Meiji Era, the Kuromon Ichiba Market used to be called Emmeiji Market, because there was once a large temple called Emmeiji nearby. Since there used to be a black gate northeast of this temple, the marketplace later came to be called"Kuromon Ichiba Market"(Black Gate Market). The market has a total length of close to 600 meters with 170 shops, the vast majority of which specialize in the freshest and best quality meat, vegetables, eggs and other ingredients from around the country and abroad.
What we will see
• Sumiyoshi Grand Shrine
• Shrine park and honden
• Kuromon market
What we will do
• The first stop on our excursion is the Sumiyoshi Grand Shrine which covers a vast area within the Osaka district of the same name and includes four main temples as well as a series of minor sacred buildings dedicated to Shinto deities scattered around in a large tree-lined park.
• We admire the holiest temple called honden. It one of the most ancient in Japan dating back to the 3rd century AD and was designed according to the new style of the time that was actually named after this shrine, Sumiyoshi-zukuri. Due to its historic value, Sumiyoshi's honden was designated as national treasure.
• We then move on to Kuromon market whose name literally means “black door” due to the fact that the access door was of a dark colour.
• In use since the Meiji Period (1868-1912) - although at the time it was known under a different name - it extends for 600 metres boasting 170 shops, most of which sell top-quality fresh products such as meat, fish, spices, marinated vegetables and sweets as well as souvenirs. The perfect occasion to wander around the stalls and purchase something truly unique!
What you need to know
• Itinerary sequence may vary. • The length of the coach transfer depends on the itinerary. • We recommend that you book early because only a limited number of places are available. • Traffic jams are to be expected during tourist season. • Money cannot be exchanged in the port, we recommend buying Japanese currency beforehand. • Visibility during the tour is subject to weather conditions. • Comfortable shoes with a low heel are recommended.
English & other European tour guides are subject to availability.