Hochigai Shrine

Due to once standing on the boundary of three political districts - Kawachi, Izumi and Settsu - this shrine was considered a pure land without direction, and has become known as a place of prayer relating to avoiding disasters relating to movement. Praying here is said to help avoid disaster when taking a long trip or when moving house, and so many people still visit from across Japan for blessings when moving house or building a new home.

Due to once standing on the boundary of three political districts - Kawachi, Izumi and Settsu - this shrine is considered a pure land without direction, and has become known as a place of prayer relating to avoiding disasters relating to movement. Since ancient times there has been a custom in Japan; when setting out on a long journey, if the intended direction is not a good one, to first head in a different direction. Hochigai Shrine is a shrine to visit at just such a time, a type rare in all of Japan. Praying here is said to help avoid disaster when taking a long trip or when moving house, and so many people still visit from across Japan for blessings when moving house or building a new home.
The purification sand and rice dumplings that prevent disasters relating to movement are said to be quite potent, and during the Rice Dumpling Festival on May 31 shrine visitors are given dumplings wrapped in Manchurian wild rice leaves to keep them from accidents. It is affectionately called "Hochigai-san" by the locals.
Inside the old grounds there is also an evergreen kurogane holly tree, which often grow in warm regions. This one boasts the largest diameter and trunk circumference from among even the 40 or more other such trees found in the city, and is an Osaka designated natural monument as a large tree of considerable age. The shrine is also known for its futon daiko drum Fall Festival in the middle of September.

Address

2-2-1 Kita Mikunigaokacho, Sakai-ku, Sakai shi

Access

Alight at "Sakaihigashi Station" on the Nankai Koya Line, "Sakaichi Station" on the JR Hanwa Line

Reservations

Reservations Possible

Charges

Admission free

Working Hours

9:00 ~ 16:00

Regular holidays etc.

Prayer holidays: 9, 19 and 29 each month (unless these dates fall on a weekend, holiday, or Taian lucky day) *Taian lucky day: The most auspicious of the six cycling types of day.

Parking

Available

Inquiries

Facility Name

Hochigai Shrine

Telephone Number
URL

http://www.hochigai-jinja.or.jp/

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