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Sumiyoshi Grand Shrine, the Largest Burial Mounds in Japan

8 hours
up to 30 people
Japanese ( Native ), English ( License )
Private tour (only you and your guide)


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  • Sumiyoshi Grand Shrine and its small shrines
  • Sakai City Hall
  • The mausoleum of Emperor Nintoku
  • Sakai City Museum at Daisen park
  • Sakai City Tea house at Daisen park
  • Japanese garden at Daisen park

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What to Expect

Numerous historical spots and natural sites are located along theNankai railroad line in Osaka prefecture.

I would like to take you to Sumiyoshi Grand Shrine on a street car called the "Chinchin-densha", established about 100 years ago. You can feel the nostalgic atmosphere of good old days.

The Sumiyoshi Grand Shrine was founded in 211 and is dedicated to the sea gods which are the Sumiyoshi Sanjin (Sumiyoshi three gods) and the Empress Jingu.
It's the headquarters of the approximately 2,300 Sumiyoshi shrines nationwide.
About 2.35 million people visited the shrine during the first three days of the New Year in 2013. This number was ranked in the 7th among shrines and temples in Japan.
The main shrine was built in 1810 using one of Japan's oldest shrine structure styles called "Sumiyoshi-zukuri style."
It consists of 4 buildings from the First to Fourth Sanctuaries of the same shape and size, which are all designated as National Treasures. When you walk through the front gate to cross a beautiful vermillion bridge called "Taikobashi" or drum bridge, first you'll see the third main shrine.
Various Shinto rituals are held there, such as the "Otaue ceremony" or rice planting ceremony, which is a traditional event to pray for rich harvests. Another is the "White Horse Shinto Ritual" to rid people of evil spirits as they watch a white horse galloping around the shrine grounds.

Then we'll move to Sakai-higashi Station by train, you can see a panoramic view of Osaka city including Abeno Harukas (the tallest building in Japan) and the "Cluster of Mozu Burial Mounds" from the observation deck on the 21st floor of Sakai City Hall. A typical example of a Mozu Burial Mound is "the mausoleum of Emperor Nintoku." It is the largest keyhole-shaped burial mound in Japan with a length of 486 meters, a width of 306 meters, and a total area of about 464,000 square meters. It is said to have been built in the 5th century. It is referred to as one of "the World's three largest burial mounds" along with the Great Pyramid in Egypt and the Mausoleum of the first Qin Emperor in China.

In front of the mausoleum, there is the Daisen Park which provides a great place for visitor's to rest and relax. In the park, there are a lot of facilities such as the Sakai City Museum, the Sakai City Tea house "Shin-an", the Peace Tower, and a Japanese garden with a total area of approximately 26,000 square meters. You can watch a video about the cluster of Mozu Burial Mounds at the museum, have sweets and a cup of powdered green tea at "shin-an", and appreciate the beautiful Japanese garden.

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Departure & Return

Starting time 09:00 AM ( recommended )   Flexible
Meeting Point at your hotel
Ending Point at your hotel

Inclusions & Exclusions

What‘s included

guide fee

What‘s not included

transportation fee (you and guide), lunch, entrance fee


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Cancellation Policy

  • Free cancellation - 30 days prior to meeting date
  • 50% Refund - 15 to 29 days prior to meeting date
  • No Refund - Within 14 day(s) prior to meeting date

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I'm travelling alone. Can I book this tour?

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Polly Polly Canada ( Family with kids )
1 week ago

“ Highlight Tour of Kyoto ”

Communication with Hideo was very good. He was organized in laying out plan for our 5 hour tour. We were happy with his service in guiding us through the various sites.


I'm very happy to receive your review. We enjoyed Kitano Tenmangu Shrine, Kinkakuji Temple and Nishiki Market. I wish you and your family happinss and your children's healthy growth. Thank you, Polly.

Rosemary Rosemary United States ( Friends )
1 month ago

“ Day in kyoto ”

Hideo took us from OsK to Kyoto. He was a knowledgeable guide. English was pretty good and his organization of the day very helpful


Hello Rosemary I'm very glad to receive your review. I'm sure you enjoyed a bowl of rice topped with Tenpura for lunch in Nishiki Market. I wish you a Merry Christmas. Thank you. Best HIDEo YOSHIda

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1 month ago

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2 months ago

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