Travel to me is a means of an escape from the hustle and bustle of normal life and general human interactions – and whilst visiting markets, restaurants and flying normally involves visiting places where they are packed with locals and tourists – outside those activities, the natural introvert screams for tranquility, which is why Shrines are always such great places in my mind.
Being armed with a car on our latest trip in Osaka because Mama Buddha is joining us, Ms. Buddha and I decide to visit an area slightly further out from central Osaka – the Sumiyoshi Taisha Shrine (住吉大社). (There is the Sumiyoshitaisha station next to it if you don’t have a car)
Built during the year 211, the shrine was designated as one of the “Kanpei-Taisha” which meant that it stood first rank of Government’s supported shrines.
Parking is a few hundred yen (appropriate contribution for general upkeep) – and when we got out, we were able to enjoy a very tranquil environment that is sadly too rare in central Osaka and Hong Kong. Not far from the entrance, you reach a very cool (but steep) bridge.
The shrine itself is pretty amazing in that there are several sections to it – each with their distinct design.
If you do get a chance to visit Osaka – this is well worth it.