In Shinto religion, it is believed that a god (spirit) is present in each and every element of the natural world. You’re sure to feel closer to the divine walking in and around this beautiful, peaceful shrine, located just a 14-minute walk from Izumi-Fuchū Station on the JR Hanwa Line and 20-minute walk from Izumiotsu Station on the Nankai Main Line. It is said that the shrine was built in the 7th century and is the largest shrine in Izumiotsu City. The Main Shrine, the Sumiyoshi Shrine, and the Kasuga Shrine situated within its precincts are proudly registered as Important Cultural Properties. Distinctive about the shrine is that it worships a pair of gods, husband and wife: specifically, the male god of agriculture and the female god of textile. To this very day, the land of Izumiotsu City is famous for spinning and weaving as well as agriculture.
An indelible feature of the Izumi-Anashi Shrine grounds is its forest of majestic camphor trees. Many are said to be several hundred years old, reaching heights of 20 to 33 meters and are being than 4.5m in circumference. Of these natural treasures, 11 of the sacred trees have been designated as natural monuments of Izumiotsu City. It is said that the landscape of the shrine, including these large camphor trees, has scarcely changed since the Edo period (1603-1868), and visitors will feel the surreal sensation of having slipped back in time.
Various festivities in which local residents gather and celebrate the gods are held at Izumi-Anashi Shrine throughout the year. The two main events are especially notable: the spring festival in April, in which all assemble to pray for bountiful crops, and the autumn festival in October, celebrating the harvest. The highlight of the latter is undoubtedly the ”danjiri” (beautifully decorative portable shrines), which are carried about as traditional music is played, and people clap and smile in the highest of spirits all around the area.
Free to enter the facilities.
(*Some parts are not open to the public).
Address: 1-1-1 Toyonaka-cho, Izumiotsu City, Osaka Prefecture
Airport: Kansai International Airport