Tsuyunoten Shrine (Ohatsu Tenjin)
Tsuyunoten Shrine (or also called Ohatsu Tenjin) was established around 700. It enshrines Sugawara-no-Michizane as well as four gods of Japanese mythology. The shrine's name "Tsuyunoten" came from Michizane's poetry which was written when he was leaving for Dazaifu in Kyushu to express his feelings of missing the capital (Kyoto).
The shrine is also called "Ohatsu Tenjin" because it is a place where a merchant clerk Tokubei and a courtesan Ohatsu committed double suicide in 1703. The couple's love story then became popular after it was introduced in a Bunraku play (Japanese puppet play) called "Sonezaki Shinju (The Love Suicides at Sonezaki)". The couple's bronze statue can be seen in the precincts of the shrine.
The shrine is said to have powers to bless people with relationships, success in business and traffic safety. A flea market is held here on the 1st and 3rd Friday of each month.
- 7:00 - 22:00
- No closing days
Price / Entrance Fee
- Admission Free
Access / Public Transport
- 5 minutes walk from Higashi-Umeda Station on the Osaka Municipal Subway Tanimachi Line (T20)
- 露 天神社(通称：お初天神) (Only available in Japanese)
Address / Location
- 2-5-4, Sonezaki, Kita-ku Osaka-shi, Osaka, 530-0057
- Jessica @fujoshijessica - 2016-09-23
- Kirsten Manzi @_kirstenmanzi - 2016-04-23