A breathtaking Shishiden—a stage shaped like a lion's head
An enormous lion's head with its mouth wide open draws the gaze of everyone in the shrine precincts. Inside the mouth, there is a stage for performing kagura and dances dedicated to the deities. The lion's huge mouth is said to bring victory and business prosperity, so the shrine is always bustling with people praying for academic and business success. The Tsunahiki Shinji (Tug of War Ritual) is held on the third Sunday of January every year to honor the legend of the deity enshrined here, Susanoo-no-Mikoto, who defeated an eight-headed serpent called Yamata-no-Orochi. This shinto ritual has been designated as a piece of Osaka City's intangible folk cultural property. The Koimikuji, or fortune slips in the shape of a carp, are also very popular.
Including Susanoo-no-Mikoto, a total of eleven deities are enshrined at Nambayasaka Shrine.
Upper: With its huge mouth that's believed to bring victory and business prosperity, the Shishiden is always bustling with worshipers. Bottom: Nambayasaka Shrine is easily accessible from "Namba Station".
|Address||Moto-machi 2-9-19, Naniwa Ward, Osaka City, Osaka|
|Phone||+81-6-6641-1149 (Japanese only)|
|Hours||Gates open: 6:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.|
|Holidays||Open every day|
|Admission fee||Shrine grounds are free to enter.|
|Access||Take the Midosuji Line of Osaka Metro from "Shin-Osaka Station" of JR Tokaido Shinkansen for approx. 20 minutes, alight at "Namba Station" and walk for approx. 6 minutes. Or, walk for approx. 6 minutes from Exit 2 at "Daikokucho Station" of the Midosuji Line of Osaka Metro.|
updated on Sep 30, 2019
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