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Sumiyoshi Grand Shrine, the Largest Burial Mounds in Japan

by Hideo
(81) Reviews
8h $ 264 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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264.00 USD

Price up to 30 people
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Extras (optional)

Extra person ( more than 30 people ) .
$ 4.40
Extra hour.
$ 8.80

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?

After booking a tour, the guide will accept (or decline) your booking within 24 hours. Then you will be noticed by email from Triplelights.

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 ( 81 )
Sandra Sandra United States ( Friends )
Very Good
2 weeks ago

“ Well Organized ”

Hideo was on time meeting us at our cruise ship. He had already bought our train tickets so we didn't waste time. He had copies of a schedule and a map for our day with him. We saw everything we wanted to see and he explained it all well. We enjoyed the place he took us for lunch. At times I had a little difficulty understanding him, but I asked questions and he clarified what he said.

Hideo:

Hi Sandra I'm very happy to receive your review. I'm sure you enjoyed Hiroshima tour. I hope to see you again. Thank you. Best HIDEo YOSHIda

Damir Damir Canada ( Couple )
Excellent
1 month ago

“ Excellent knowledge and friendliness. ”

Hideo was very punctual and on time with his schedule. We enjoyed his company and kind nature. He was very knowledgeable about all places we visited, and helped us better understand Japan’s history and culture. We would definitely recommend his services.

Hideo:

Hi Damir I'm very happy to receive your message. I also enjoyed guiding you Osaka very much. We had Okonomiyaki and Japanse sake for dinner. I'm sure all of you had a good sleep at night. Best wishes for your continued good health, happines and success. I hope to see you again. Thank you. From HIDEo YOSHIda

Andy Andy United States ( Friends )
Good
2 months ago

“ KIAPA, Japan experience 2018 ”

Hideo is a good Guide with a lot of experience but for a small group not for a big group of tourists. His efforts and patience to organized my group was tumbs up but he needs more improvement in the future. He need to make a better plan as to check the location before visited if their open or closed for the visitors the day before so we could not worsted our time. Overall Hideo is good, our groups said thank you for Hideo.

Hideo:

Dear Andy One day before the tour, the typhoon No.21 (the strongest one this year) hit Japan and I couldn't see the spot closed or opened in the Net, so I deeply appologize for the inconvenience. Thank you for joining my tour. I pray for your KIAPA's prosperity. Best, HIDEo YOSHIda

Gerrie Gerrie Italy ( Family )
Excellent
2 months ago

“ Passionate + Knowledgable ”

Hideo was a very passionate tour guide that was knowledgable and able to explain well. He was also very patient with me and my family, despite all the hiccups that we had. He assisted us well in buying the tickets and arranging the transportation. It was very helpful so you wouldn't feel overwhelmed by where and how to do stuffs. He made sure that we fit the time schedule and altered them when it was necessary. ありがとう Hideo-san!

Hideo:

Hi Gerrie I'm very happy to receive your review. From the port of Kobe to Kyoto, it was a bit hard schedule but I'm sure you could enjoy visiting Arashiyama Bamboo Forest and Fushimi Inari Taisha by a private taxi. My best wishes for you and your family, especially your parents. I hope to see you again. Thank you, Gerrie.

Snooky Snooky Philippines ( Family with kids )
Very Good
3 months ago

“ Hideo is very highly recommended ”

We are very happy and satisfied with the service of Hideo . He is patient , knowledgeable and extremely patient . He accommodated me every time I asked that we stop to check some stores or places . He picked us up from the hotel and brought us back . Very kind too. We will surely book him again when we return . Thank you very much Hideo

Hideo:

Hi Snooky I'm very happy to receive your good review. Next time I'd like to see all of your family. I wish all of you happiness and success. I hope to see you again. Thank you, Snooky.

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