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13 Recommended Hatsumode Spots in Osaka! Introducing both secret and popular shrines and temples

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Do you know Hatsumode? New Year’s is Japan’s most popular holiday. Most people go home to visit their family and go to a nearby shrine or temple to pray for good luck in the coming New Year.

So if you’re looking for a Hatsumode spot in Osaka, you’ve come to the right place. We will introduce 13 of the best spots around Osaka for New Year’s prayers.

1. 3 must-visit Hatsumode spots

Here we have carefully selected three shrines that are both power spots and can be visited together for Hatsumode!

Sumiyoshi Taisha Shrine is the headquarters of 2,300 Sumiyoshi shrines throughout Japan and is Osaka’s most popular power spot.
Ishikiri-tsurugiya Shrine is famous for its hundred times worship and for its charms to ward off diseases.
Toyokuni Shrine is a famous spot for Toyotomi Hideyoshi, who rose from a peasant to a powerful ruler.

The benefits of each are also described in detail.

1-1. Sumiyoshi Taisha, visited by more than 2 million people a year

hatsumode OsakaSumiyoshi Taisha Shrine is a shrine where you will be blessed with many aspects of good fortune, such as protection from bad luck, family safety, prosperous business, love fulfillment and marriage. There are numerous food stalls along the route of worship, which attracts a lot of people! Since the site is so large, we recommend that you research the best route to visit the temple in advance.
There are courses on the official website for family safety, marital bliss, and easy childbirth, so be sure to check it out!
Sumiyoshi Taisha’s official website is here

Sumiyoshi Taisha
Address/Access:2-9-89 Sumiyoshi, Sumiyoshi-ku, Osaka City

Nankai Main Line 3 minutes east from Sumiyoshitaisha Station
Hankai Line A short walk from Sumiyoshi Torii Ekimae Station

Gods of worship:
Sokotsutsu no Mikoto

1-2. Ishikiri-san, for health and fighting off diseases

hatsumode OsakaAs the god of Denbo (a Kansai dialect word for boils), this shrine is very popular among those who come to make a wish to ward off cancer. It is especially famous for its “hyakudo” (hundred times worship). The power spot is said to be stronger in the Kaminomiya rather than the main shrine, but be careful if you are not comfortable walking a bit. (It would take about 30 minutes…)

Hyakudo-sairi means to pray in front of the main shrine, return to the entrance, and pray in front of the main shrine again, repeating a hundred times. It is also called stepping a hundred times, but you can do it as many times as you can! It is said that by praying single-mindedly, you will be touched by the earnestness of your visit.

Ishikiri Tsurugi Shrine (Ishikiri-tsurugi jinjya)
Address/Access: 1-1-1 Higashi-Ishikiri-cho, Higashi-Osaka City

Kintetsu Keihanna Line 7 min walk from Shin-Ishikiri station
Kintetsu Nara Line 15 minutes walk from Ishikiri Station

Gods of worship:
Nigihayahi no Mikoto

1-3. Toyokuni Shrine, for getting a promotion at work

hatsumode OsakaToyotomi Hideyoshi, who accomplished what no one else could, made this shrine a popular destination for good luck in work, career advancement, employment, and career change. In fact, this place has been sacred since ancient times. Of course, it is not only good for work, but also for business, money, and marriage! This is one of the recommended spots that attracts people of all ages, including families with children and couples.

Hokoku Jinja
Address/Access:2-1 Osaka Castle, Chuo-ku, Osaka

Subway Lines/JR Loop Line 15 minutes walk from Morinomiya Station

Gods of worship:
Hideyoshi Toyotomi
Hideyori Toyotomi
Hidenaga Toyotomi

2. Temples for Students – Pray for success & academic achievements

Whether you are a student or a working adult, you are probably studying on a daily basis. We will introduce some of the recommended shrines that these people should not miss, as well as some unexpected places where the god of learning is actually enshrined! We will introduce some of the unexpected places where the god of learning is actually enshrined. In addition to your regular studies, you can get through your entrance examinations with peace of mind through prayers for success and good luck charms!

2-1. Osaka Tenmangu Shrine, a must-see in Osaka

hatsumode OsakaOsaka Temmangu Shrine is famous for Tenjin Matsuri, one of the three major festivals in Japan. In addition to the “Passing the Exam” and “Gakutoku Mamoru”, the shrine also offers “Shushoku Mamoru”, which is used by many students to help with their job hunting.
Sugawara no Michizane’s Tenmangu Shrine is famous for its bronze statue of a cow! Stroking the head of the cow is said to bring good luck and improve your studies, so pet it and receive the blessing!

Osaka Temmangu Shrine
Address/Access: 2-1-8 Tenjinbashi, Kita-ku, Osaka City

Each subway line 5-minute walk from Minamimorimachi station
JR Tozai Line 2 minutes walk from Osaka Tenmangu Station

God of worship: Michizane Sugawara

2-2. Horikoshi Shrine, for a once-in-a-lifetime wish come true

hatsumode OsakaThis Horikoshi Shrine is the most powerful place to visit. The reason for this is that it has long been a blessing to make a once-in-a-lifetime wish that will come true! A 550-year-old sacred tree stands in the precincts of the shrine and is called “the tree where the divine spirit dwells. Whenever you feel down or tired, you can pray and share the energy of the sacred tree, which gently heals visitors.

Horikoshi Shrine
Address/Access:1-8 Chausuyama-cho, Tennoji-ku, Osaka City

Subway/JR Lines 15 minutes walk from Tennoji Station
Kintetsu Minami-Osaka Line 15 minutes walk from Osaka Abenobashi Station

God of worship:
Emperor Susun

3. Spots to pray for love and romance

I want to be with my lover forever! I want to meet someone nice! I want to get married! I want to be friends with my lover for a long time! Here are some power spots that you should check out if you are determined to make it this year! You are eager to make this year the year of your life, and you are thinking about the future with your current lover, here are some power spots that you should definitely check out!

3-1. A must-see for women! Tsuyunoten Shrine (Ohatsu Tenjin), a sacred place for lovers

hatsumode OsakaOhatsu Tenjin is also famous as a power spot for love fulfillment. In the main shrine, there is a bronze statue modeled after the puppet play “Sonezakishinju”. If you want to “fulfill your love” and “nurture your love for a long time” like the pure love that the two of them carried through, please visit the shrine! There is also a “Prayer for Beauty,” which attracts many female visitors. The wish is for “true beauty that comes from the inside out,” and it is sure to beautify both body and soul!

Tsuyunoten Shrine (Tsuyu no Tenjinsha )
Address/Access: 2-5-4 Sonezaki, Kita-ku, Osaka City

Each JR line 10 minutes walk from Osaka Station
Tanimachi line 5 minutes walk from Higashi Umeda Station

Gods of worship:
Shonahikona no Okami (Great Goddess of the Shogunate)
Great Goddess of Omiki
Amaterasu Ookami
Toyokehime no Okami
Michizane Sugawara

3-2. Ikukunitama Shrine, break away from toxic relationships

hatsumode OsakaThe deity of Ikukunitama Shrine is the land itself, a magnificent shrine that protects all life. So why is it recommended for romantic fulfillment? Actually, it is because a certain shrine on the grounds of the shrine is blessed with the power of marriage, women’s protection, and the fulfillment of a good marriage! There are eight shrines within the precincts of the shrine, and Shigino Shrine is the last of the eight, standing quietly at the far end of the grounds. It is said that Yodo-kun, a feudal lord of Osaka Castle, used to visit Shigino Shrine with great devotion. Many women visit the shrine hoping to break off bad relationships and find new good ones!

Ikukunitama Shrine
Address/Access:13-9 Ikutama-cho, Tennoji-ku, Osaka City

Each subway line 3 minutes walk from Tanimachi 9-chome Station

Gods of worship:
Ikushima Ookami (Great God of Ikushima)
Ashijima Ookami (Tarujima Ookami)

3-3. Izumo Taisha (Osaka Branch)

hatsumode OsakaWhen it comes to matchmaking, Izumo Taisha is the place to go. You must have heard of it at least once! I know you must be thinking, “But isn’t Izumo-taisha Shrine located in Shimane Prefecture? Actually, Izumo-taisha is also located in Osaka. A branch shrine is a shrine where the same deity is worshipped at a new shrine in another location. In other words, you can receive the same benefits in Osaka as at Izumo-taisha! I don’t have to tell you about the benefits. The shrine has the power to bring people from all over Japan to pray for a good marriage. Let’s review how to visit the shrine in order to receive the maximum benefits! Generally, “two claps, two claps, one clap,” but at Izumo Taisha, it is “two claps, four claps, one clap. Why four beats? Because at the regular festival, the worship is doubled to eight beats (meaning “infinite”), and usually four beats are used for half that number!

Izumo Taisha (Osaka Branch)
Address/Access: 7-1-1, Hiokisho-Nishi-machi, Higashi-ku, Sakai City

Nankai Koya Line 10-minute walk from Hatsushiba Station

God of worship:Hinokagutsuchi

4. Secret spots for Hatsumode

Hatsumode (New Year’s visit to a shrine) is often associated with a lot of people… I was not so keen on Hatsumode because I too was not very fond of crowds. But there are also hidden spots here!

4-1. Imamiya Ebisu Shrine, for a prosperous business

hatsumode OsakaWhat! Imamiya Ebisu Shrine, famous for its Ebessan? I thought so too. The shrine is very crowded with people when it comes to Tokaebisu, but outside of the Tokaebisu period, there are surprisingly few people there! Even if you usually avoid the shrine because of the image of Tokaebisu, you should definitely visit the shrine during a different period to receive the blessing of increased money!

Imamiya Ebisu Shrine
Address/Access:1-6-10, Emisu-Nishi, Naniwa-ku, Osaka City

Each subway line 5-minute walk from Daikokucho and Ebisu-cho stations
Nankai Koya Line Next to Imamiya Ebisu Station
Hankai Line 5 minutes walk from Ebisucho Station
JR Lines 10 minutes walk from Shin-Imamiya Station

4-2. Shitennoji Temple, built by Prince Shotoku

hatsumode OsakaShitennoji Temple has really spacious temple grounds, so it is recommended for those who do not like crowds. The unusual thing about this Shitennoji temple is that there are no religious sects. In other words, anyone can go there as long as they are Buddhist! There are many halls, and the three-faced Daikokuten (god of fortune) is also enshrined here, which is known as the strongest in the world for achieving one’s wishes, prosperity of descendants, and prosperity in business. There are so many places to visit that it is recommended to take your time!

Shitennoji Temple
Address/Access: 1-11-18 Shitennoji, Tennoji-ku, Osaka City

Subway/JR Lines< 12 minutes walk from Tennoji Station
Tanimachi line 5 minutes walk from Shitennoji Yuhigaoka Station
Kintetsu Minami-Osaka Line 14-minute walk from Abenobashi Station

4-3. Hiraoka Shrine,  the Gate of Laughter

hatsumode OsakaWhat the gods did in front of Iwato to bring out Amaterasu Omikami, who was hidden in Iwato in Japanese mythology. That is Hiraoka Shrine, which has a wonderful episode of laughing. Because of the many deities enshrined, many people visit here to improve their overall luck. Here, as at Kasuga-taisha Shrine, visitors are offered water by a deer, the messenger of the gods. After that, it is said that your wish will come true if you stroke the “Nade Deer (Kami-Deer)” on the approach to the shrine.

Hiraoka Shrin
Address/Access: 7-16 Izumoi-cho, Higashiosaka City

Kintetsu Nara Line 3 minutes walk from Hiraoka Station

Gods of worship:
Futsunushi no Mikoto
Takemikazuchi no Mikoto

5. Places to pray for traffic safety and avoid accidents

If you like motorcycles, cars, or drive a lot in your profession, this is the place to visit!

5-1. Naritasan Fudoson, pray for your vehicle

hatsumode OsakaNaritasan Fudoson, where you can pray for your own car or motorcycle.
There are two types of traffic safety prayers

Ordinary Prayer – reading sutras and exorcism
Special prayer: purification by burning a fire of goma while reading sutras.

The gomafuda and amulets you will receive after praying for the two prayers are slightly different, but both are highly recommended for their beneficial effects!

Naritasan Fudoson
Address/Access: 10-1 Naritanishi-cho, Neyagawa City

Keihan Main Line 10-minute walk from Korien Station
Keihan Bus Naritasanfudo-mae bus stop

6. The god of sobriety, rare in Japan

Did you know that there is a god of sobriety in Osaka? Here are some places that are unusual.

6-1. Isshinji Temple, to quiet drinking

hatsumode OsakaOsaka’s greatest five-ring pagoda is the grave of Tadatomo Honda. It is said that Tadatomo, who died in battle as a result of his unparalleled love of alcohol, vowed to “help those who would destroy themselves in the future.” Due to this legend, many people suffering from alcoholism and their families visit the temple. Around the grave of Honda Tadatomo, there are many “Shamojis” with words of prayer written on them.

Isshinji Temple
Address/Access:2-8-69 Aisaka, Tennoji-ku, Osaka City

Subway lines / JR lines 15 minutes walk from Tennoji Station
Tanimachi line 12 minutes walk from Shitennojimae Yuhigaoka Station
Sakaisuji Line 8 minutes walk from Ebisucho Station


Did you find the shrine or temple you were looking for?

There is no problem to visit more than one place for Hatsumode. The point is, what kind of blessings are available? It is important to know if you are compatible with the gods and Buddha. Come worship with your loved ones, friends and family and be even happier than last year!

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