Tsuyuten Shrine (Ohatsu Tenjin Shrine)
Located between buildings at the southern end of Umeda's Ohatsu Tenjin shopping arcade, the shrine was established over 1,300 years ago.Sukunahikona-no-Mikoto and Sugawara-no-Michizane, enshrined here, are the protectors of the Umeda and Sonezaki areas.In the year 910, Sugawara-no-Michizane stopped by the shrine after being demoted in imperial court and composed a poem describing dreams vanishing with the dew and flowing tears, leading the shrine to become known as "Tsuyuten Shrine" (open-air). Known locally as Ohatsu Tenjin, it was also the site of a double suicide that was later retold in Sonezaki Shinju, a famous Bunraku puppet play written by Chikamatsu Monzaemon in 1703. The story of pure and passionate love between a courtesan and a merchant boy was written so skillfully that it brought Chikamatsu instant fame. Even today, the shrine is visited by many people praying for success in love. Ohatsuten flea market, held on the first Friday of every month, features dozens of antique and curio dealers.
address2-5-4 Sonezaki, Kita-ku, Osaka, 530-0057
transport5-minute walk from Hankyu Osaka-umeda Station and Higashi Umeda Station on the Osaka Metro Tanimachi Line