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Namba Yasaka

Namba Yasaka shrine

Namba Yasaka shrine (難波八阪神社), situated in Osaka’s Namba district, is a fascinating sacred site.

Although the exact date of its founding remains unknown, legend has it that it was once called ‘Namba Shimomiya‘ and served as the local deity of the Namba area. It is believed to have been established in response to a devastating epidemic during the reign of Emperor Nintoku in the 5th century.

In its early days, the shrine gained great significance and featured a complex of seven buildings known as Shichido Garan, associated with Buddhism. However, the Meiji Restoration in 1868 brought changes to the shrine’s structure due to the official separation of Shinto and Buddhism in Japan.

The main shrine as it stands today was completed in May 1974. In the same year, a stage with a large lion’s head, called “Shishiden“, was constructed and enshrined on the west side of the precinct.

Namba Yasaka stands out with its unique architecture, making it noticeable amidst the bustling city. One of the main attractions is the lion-headed hall, an impressive 12-meter tall structure that catches visitors’ attention.

This shrine seamlessly blends traditional and modern elements, embodying the unique character of Osaka.


Namba Station is one of the most convenient options to get to the shrine, as it is less than a ten-minute walk away.

If you prefer to use other nearby stations, Daikokuchō Station is even closer to the shrine.


Namba Yasaka goshuin is 300 ¥.

Opening Hours

The shrine is open 24 hours a day and admission is free.

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