Sumiyoshi Shrine


Thought to be the birthplace of all Sumiyoshi Shrines in Japan, the shrine in Hakata is believed to house the god of safe ocean travel and marine vessel guardianship. In addition, sailors and general worshippers alike can pray to receive good luck and protection from misfortune. Sumiyoshi Shrine was revered by the imperial court from the Nara Era (710 AD - 794 AD), and because it is also believed to house the god of traditional Japanese poetry (or “waka”), it was patroned by famous renka poet Sogi during the Muromachi Era (1336 - 1573).
The main shrine seen today was rebuilt by Kuroda Nagamasa and has been designated an Important Cultural Asset to the country for its ancient architectural style known as “Sumiyoshizukuri”, which predates the arrival of Buddhism.
Every year from July 30 to August 1, Sumiyoshi Shrine hosts the Nagoshitaisai, which includes events such as passing through a thatched ring to ward off illness and bad luck as well as a cleansing rite called “hitogata nagashi”. At the sumo tournament from October 12 to 14, visitors can see a horseback archery as well as young children taking part in a ceremonial sumo match!

*About the Shrine: Government-Designated Important Cultural Asset (main shrine)
*Rebuilt in 1623

Basic Information

Address (Japanese) 812-0018 福岡県福岡市博多区住吉3-1-51
Address 3-1-51 Sumiyoshi, Hakata Ward, Fukuoka City, Fukuoka
Telephone Number 092-291-2670(住吉神社)
Contact Sumiyoshi Shrine
Car Park 100 vehicles
Access By bus - 5 minute walk from Nishitetsu “Sumiyoshi” Bus stop

*Information on facilities is subject to change. Please check each official website for the latest information.


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