Honganji Sakai Betusuin
A shrine said to have been created during the time of Emperor Kinmei. The large camphor tree in front of the main shrine boasts a trunk circumference of 5.2m, a height of 25m, and an age of 700 - 800 years, and is an Osaka prefectural designated Natural Monument. The Moon Viewing Festival held during fall brings together praying for a bountiful harvest and celebrating the full moon.
Said to have been built during the time of Emperor Kinmei (532 ~ 571), you can feel the sheer weight of ancient history radiating both from the grounds and profound appearance of the building. The large camphor tree to the right of the main shrine is a famous old tree, boasting a trunk circumference of 5.2m, a height of 25m, and an age of 700 - 800 years, and is an Osaka prefectural designated Natural Monument.
Furthermore, the bold futon daiko drumming of the Moon Viewing Festival held on August 15 of the old lunar calendar is said to be an ancient custom of praying for a bountiful harvest and celebrating the full moon turned into a shrine festival, with records suggesting it goes back more than 300 years. A futon daiko drum is created by piling five crimson zabuton mats atop a platform inset with drums, for a height of 4m and weight of almost 3t. It is then carried by around 70 people, accompanied by shouts of "beera beera bera sho-shoi" and drumming as they walk around the town before making a dedication at the shrine.
5-706 Mozuakahatacho, Kita-ku, Sakai shi
Alight at "Mozu Station" on the JR Hanwa Line, "Mozuhachiman Station" on the Nankai Koya Line, or "Mozuhachiman Mae Bus Tei"
Related Sightseeing Spots
Spot Access Ranking