Sumiyoshi-taisha is a central
Shinto shrine in Osaka area, and is located about 5 km south-southwest
of Ten'noji station.
In Japanese myth, it was founded in 200.
From 600 to 838, Japan government had sent missions to China near twenty times, for getting the newest culture and technology and gathering Buddhist scriptures. And the ships to China set off from the harbor near Sumiyoshi-taisha. This shrine was the guardian god of the sea, and three gods of sea and Empress Jinguu has been enshrined.
In the precincts, there are four main shrines. Each of three gods and
the empress has been enshrined in a shrine.
These were built in 1810, and all of them are designated as national treasures.
The shrines from the 1st to the 3rd line up, and the 4th shrine is at the side of the 3rd.
The layout is very unique in Japan.
And Soribashi bridge has shape of a semicircle, and means a rainbow
connecting earth and heaven.
It is said that it was built in the early 17th century.
About 2.3 million worshippers visit here during the first three days of the New Year.