Nanbayasaka Shrine, Osaka

Nanbayasaka Shrine, Osaka - Address, Phone Number

Address: 2 Chome-9-19 Motomachi, Naniwa Ward, Osaka, Osaka Prefecture 556-0016, Japan

Phone: +81-666411149

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Timings: 24-hrs Details

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About Nanbayasaka Shrine, Osaka

This shrine used to be much more prominent, both in reputation and in size, than it is today. It used to be part of a complex of 12 buildings. But wars and Meiji era edicts dictating the separation of Shinto and Buddhism saw the shrine's other buildings demolished. Today the shrine is famous for its gigantic lion's head building. All good shrine have a myth. For this one, it is that of the shrine's deity, Susano-o-no-mikoto, killing the serpent Yamata-no-orochi. Anually, on the third Sunday of January, a tug of war competition is held at the shrine to commemorate the battle. People pray at the shrine for success in studies and business.

How To reach Nanbayasaka Shrine by Public Transport

  • Midosuji Line, Sen-Nichimae Line, Yotsubashi Line stop Namba Station.
  • Nankai Line, Nankai-Koya Line, and Nankai-Limited Express stop Nankai-Namba Station.

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Nanbayasaka Shrine, Osaka Reviews

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  • The weirdest and most amazing shrine I have visited in Osaka. It is definitely an obligatory spot for taking pictures and enjoying the experience of visiting a small/local shrine. Despite its repercussion it's not crowded, but this may change in a while because it's getting more and more media echo.

  • A very unusual shrine. From the main gate, the huge lion head building is clearly visible. Nice little photo op in a rather drab area. Unfortunately when I visited today, there were awnings set up and people were clearing the grounds - it looked like they had a little festival recently.

  • As other reviews mention, the surrounding area is pretty uneventful, but it's only a 10 min walk from Namba Station and other main shopping centers. Shrine and stage are both great picture locations, and the shrine offerings make unique souvineirs

  • A different shrine with a fun summer matsuri. Good atmosphere for hatsumode. Worth a visit if you`re in the area.

  • The most unusual shrine in Japan. A shame it only open during night when there is some festival.

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