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Sumiyoshi Grand Shrine, the Largest Burial Mounds in Japan

by Hideo
(95) Reviews
8h $ 279 Price up to 30 people

Highlights

  • 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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279.00 USD

Price up to 30 people
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Extras (optional)

Extra person ( more than 30 people ).
$ 4.65
Extra hour.
$ 9.30

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.

Why don't you join the tour of Sumiyoshi Grand Shrine and the largest keyhole-shaped burial mounds in Japan ?

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Highlights

  • 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‘s included
guide fee
What‘s not included
transportation fee (you and guide), lunch, entrance fee
Meeting Point
at your hotel
Ending Point
at your hotel
Duration
8 hours
Starting time
09:00 AM ( recommended )   Flexible
Number of people
up to 30 people   Flexible

Frequently Asked Questions

Can I make changes after I book?

Yes! If you need to make changes such as removing or adding someone to your booking or changing the date or time of your tour, contact us by phone or email

Starting and ending points of the tour.

After you secure your booking, the starting and ending points of your tour can be customized to your convenience (ex.: your hotel, nearby stations, etc.). Don't worry, we will take care of you! Some tours may have an extra fee for this service, make sure to check the tour page.

What happens after I book a tour?

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Is the price per person or per group?

The price is charged per group. Which means that you make a one-time payment for your entire group and the price will not change if it is less or more people.

Can I add more people to my booking?

Some guides accept extra people (more than the specified number) for an extra charge. Please check for the extras on the tour or booking page, or contact your guide directly to clarify.

Will there be other tourists in my tour?

No. Your tour is private, only for you and your family or friends, there will be no other group of tourists together in your tour.

Can the guide pickup me at the airport?

Yes, but there will be additional charge for that and it is not by car. The guide will go pick you up using public transportations. For further details, please contact your guide directly.

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

Yes, you can and you may be able to get a discount if you are traveling alone. Price depends on which guide you choose.

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Cancellation Policy

  • If you cancel in the first 14 day(s) before the meeting date ,there is a 100% charge.
  • If you cancel between 15 and 29 day(s) in advance of the meeting date ,there is a 50% charge.
  • If you cancel at least 30 day(s) in advance of the meeting date, there is a 100% refund.
Reviews ( 95 )
Pauline Pauline United States ( Family with kids )
Very Good
6 days ago

“ Day tour of Hiroshima and Miyajima with Hideo ”

We loved touring with Hideo! He was so polite and so accomodating to whatever we wanted to do and see. He was extremely helpful with planning the full day for us and helping us with staying on schedule so we could see all that we had planned. He went above and beyond and even helped us with details of booking the train to get to our next destination of Koyasan. Very pleased in all with our tour and day with Hideo and would greatly recommend him to anyone for this tour. Thank you Hideo!

Hideo:

Hello Pauline I'm very happy t receive your review. I'm sure you enjoy the tour of Hiroshima and Koyasan. I wish you happiness. I hope to see you again in the future. Thank you, Pauline.

unbeaten Unbeaten Japan ( Family with kids )
Very Good
1 month ago

“ Kanazawa half day tour ”

Hideo-san is a very competent guide & has a kind & gentle personality. We recommend him highly & confirm that it is very much worth having a paid professional guide.

Hideo:

Hi Unbeaten I'm very happy to receive your review. I hope to see you again. Thank you, Unbeaten.

JEAN JEAN United States ( Solo )
Excellent
1 month ago

“ Hideo is Kind and Helpful Guide - highly recommended ”

Hideo got tickets for Kokedera - Temple and gardens. He guided me through the gardens. Helped me when I would have fallen. I have Parkinson's Disease and without his arm to hold, I would have fallen several times. Kind, polite helpful, excellent guide

Hideo:

Hi JEAN. I'm very happy to receive your good review. Saihoji Temple has another name "Kokedera" or moss garden. After reciting Hannya Shigyo, or the heart sutra,three times, we enjoyed walking two gardens; stroll-type garden and dry landscape garden. I'm sure you enjoyed yourself. I wish you all the best of your good health. I hope to see you again. Thank you, JEAN.

Antoon Antoon Suriname ( Friends )
Good
1 month ago

“ Punctual and professional ”

Knows his trade and was very patient.Has great consideration for our group.Was sharp on time and his transportation connections were fantastic.

Hideo:

Hi Antoon Thank you for your message. I'm very happy to meet your group. I hope to see you again.

Todd Todd United States ( Friends )
Excellent
2 months ago

“ Full-service guide that kept our large group moving ”

Hideo was a super tour guide! We booked professional tours through the cruise ship at other destinations, and this tour was very comparable to those, at a fraction of the cost. I can highly recommend Hideo, based on this experience. I helped to organize the tour with Hideo for a group from Cruise Critic, that ended up being 25 people. Hideo consolidated all of the costs (travel, entry fees, lunch, etc) into a total fee, and Hideo took care of arranging and planning everything. He met us at the pre-arranged time on the dock and had us back to the dock on schedule. The original plan was to use local public transportation, but Hideo organized private transportation using a comfortable bus, due to the size of the group and concerns about keeping everyone together. Hideo also offer... read more

Hideo:

Hi Todd I'm very happy to receive your message. All of you kept time, so I could move ahead on the schedule. I'd like to show you the appreciation. I wish you every happiness. I hope to see you again. Thank you, Todd.

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