Celebrate 2019 in Osaka with a Hatsumode Celebration at Sumiyoshi Taisha Temple
New Year’s Eve is a time of hope and happiness; a time to forget the problems of the past, to gather together with our loved ones and look forward to a brighter future. Instead of the usual celebration of ushering in the new dawn as firework illuminate the night skies, Japan is one of the Asia countries which has infused local traditions into this classical year-end festival.
WebBeds will like to introduce this Japanese New Year tradition which is known as Hatsumode – the first shrine or temple visit of the year. Millions of people has flocked to the local shrines in Japan, and Sumiyoshi Taisha in Osaka is one of the most popular Hatsumode shrines. Most people visit the shrine on the first, second or third day of the year where wishes for the new year are made and a purchase of your ‘omamori” (amulets) and make their wishes for a happy and prosperous 2019. For travellers, this is one of the rare opportunities to witness men wearing a full kimono during the Hatsumode. For 2019, let’s join the locals at this exquisite temple to have a blessed new year in this spiritual shrine, which is just a short walk from Sumiyoshitaisha Station on the Nankai Main Line.
Enjoy a new year stay at Holiday Inn Osaka Namba
Located in the heart of Osaka, Holiday Inn Osaka Namba puts guests in the heart of historic landmarks, traditional cultures and entertainment district. This modern hotel is ideal for all travellers as it is only steps away from the vibrant and lively Dotonbori district. Just a distance away from the spectacular Sumiyoshi Taisha Temple, Holiday Inn Osaka is perfectly positioned for guests seeking an exquisite end-of-year experience and an authentic taste of Japanese culture.
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When guests are not exploring the unique local street life in Dotonbori, they can head out to explore the city’s other major attractions including Osaka Castle, Universal Studio Japan, Kuromon Market, Kaiyukan Aquarium and more. For overseas travellers, Kansai International Airport is just an hour’s drive away, providing direct connections to many of the world’s largest cities. For day-trip lovers, you can easily make a day trip to ancient Kyoto, Kobe and Nara by public transportation.
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