Namba Shrine (Osaka)

– Namba Shrine – 平野神社 – Osaka(大阪) – December 30, 2019 Not to be mistaken with the flashier Namba Yasaka Shrine, Namba Shrine is a lovely, peaceful shrine located between Hommachi Station and Shinsaibashi Station. It was built by the 18th emperor of Japan and was later moved to its current location in 1583 Website (JP) Location

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Hokoku Shrine (Osaka)

– Hokoku Shrine – 豊國神社- Osaka(大阪市) – December 30, 2019 The instant you get out of the station, you can spot Osaka Castle. It’s raised up high above the mote and stands several stories high. You can’t help but stare at it as you stroll through the park towards it. But as you wander around the corner, your eye gets taken by a large torii gate. This is the gate to Hokoku Shrine. Just through the torii you can see a large statue of the man the shrine’s dedicated to: Toyotomi Hideyoshi, the second great unifier of Japan and the…

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