Abeno and Sumiyoshi half-day tour
What we'll do
Are you enjoying Osaka? Dotonbori, Universal Studios Japan, Osaka Castle...
If you still have time, why not head out to Abeno and Sumiyoshi?
Enjoy the view of Osaka from about 300 metres above the ground and then take the tram, Hankai Line, to the Sumiyoshi area.
Please be sure to come to the central gate.
- Price per person (tax included)
- 12,100 JPY - / person
- Max participants
- Up to 10 people
- Hosted in English
- Things you need to know before the tour
The amount shown is the tour price only.
Food and beverage, entrance fees, and transportation during the tour are not included, so we can offer tours that fit your budget.
▼The following fees must be added▼
Abeno Harukas Observation Deck admission ticket: 1,500 yen
Hankai Railway: 230 yen one-way
1Abeno Harukas Observation Deck
Rising 300 meters above the ground, OSAKA HARUKAS ranks as Japan’s highest building, with its observatory, OSAKA HARUKAS OBSERVATORY, at the very top.
The observatory occupies the 58th, 59th, and 60th floors and offers panoramic 360° views of the dynamic city of Osaka, as well as far off into the surrounding region, from the ancient capital of Kyoto to Kobe and the Rokko mountains. Relax on the deck space, take a breather in the café, or enjoy one of the many events held at the observatory depending on the time and season.
2Kohama Shopping Street
Kouhama Shopping Street is located in Suminoe Ward, Osaka City. Its history dates back to the Meiji Era (1868-1912). The shopping district boasts a wide variety of stores between Kouhama Station on the Nankai Main Line and Sumiyoshi Taisha Shrine, offering a wide selection of goods to satisfy even the most discerning of palates.
3Sumiyoshi Taisya (grand shrine of Shinto)
Sumiyoshi Taisha has stood watch over Osaka Bay for almost 2,000 years. Founded by the legendary empress-regent Jingū in the third century, it honors four deities: a trio of sea gods called the Sumiyoshi Sanjin, and Empress Jingū herself, whose spirit was enshrined alongside them after her death.
Since its founding, Sumiyoshi Taisha has been linked with the sea. People involved in fishing, shipping, and other maritime industries still come to pray at Sumiyoshi for safe voyages. The shrine offers spiritual protection for the port of Osaka, which was the main gateway to Japan’s historical capitals and the rest of the country until the late nineteenth century.
Sumiyoshi Taisha has close ties with poetry, the performing arts, sumo wrestling, success in love and business, and the safe delivery of babies—a range that reflects the shrine’s long history and its place in the hearts of the people of Osaka, who affectionately call it “Sumiyossan.”
The shrine is famous throughout Japan for its rites and festivals. Two million people come to Sumiyoshi Taisha each January for hatsumōde, the traditional first shrine visit of the year. The midsummer Sumiyoshi Matsuri is one of Osaka’s biggest festivals, climaxing in a parade of portable shrines. Other events, such as ritual rice planting in June and a moon-viewing celebration in early autumn, attract visitors with music, dancing, and readings of traditional poetry.
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Hello, my name is Taku. I have been guiding visitors to Japan as an interpreter guide mainly in the Kansai area since 2015. I do not have any special expertise, but I aim to provide friendly guidance so that you feel as if you are visiting your relatives living in Japan. If you want to enjoy your trip, please contact me.