"Sumiyoshitaisha" is located in Osaka-shi, Sumiyoshi-ku and it's recognized as the best power spot (sacred place) and also known as a good luck spot in Osaka. Among them, the popular one is "Godairiki (The Five Great Powers)" stone picking. It is said that if you pick up some pebbles here and make it into an amulet and carry it with you; then the five lucky powers are granted to you, and it is said to hold miraculous efficacy in realizing your earnest wishes.
Now, Let's go find the power stones of "Godairiki."
Let's go find the small power stones "Godairiki"
To Sumiyoshitaisha, it takes 3 minutes on foot to the east from Sumiyoshitaisha Station on the Nankai Honsen (Main Line). Cross over the vermilion colored Sorihashi Bridge a.k.a. Taikobashi, then go through a path called unusual Kakutorii (quadrangular prism torii gate) with square pillars and proceed to Kojumon at the front.
Here in Sumiyoshitaisha, the shrines from Daiichihongu (First main sanctuary) to Daisanhongu (Second main sanctuary) are aligned vertically, and Daiyonhongu (Fourth main sanctuary) is placed horizontally. There you will find enshrined the three main gods Sokotsutsu no O no Mikoto ・ Nakatsutsu no O no Mikoto ・ Uwatsutsu no O no Mikoto, and Empress Jingu as well.
And if you keep going further down, you will be able to see what we came for!
It's Like Treasure Hunting! Power Stone Godairiki-ishimamori
The stones are inside the Ishi-tamagaki (stone fence) of Goshogozen that is located on the south side of Goshogozen.
It is said that when Empress Jingu was looking for a place to enshrine the gods of Sumiyoshi Taisha, she saw three eagles coming to perch on this ground, then she decided to enshrine the gods in this place.
You will find power stones inside this Ishi-tamagaki (stone fence).
Everyone is working hard to find them as if trying to find treasures.
Then, you will hear people say, "I found it! I found it!" here and there.
Around a cedar root planted inside the Ishi-tamagaki, there are small stones with "five," "large," and "power" written on them with China ink. You will find each of them like a treasure hunt.
It is said that when an amulet is made with the small stones that you found, you can expect five lucky blessings: "physical strength," "wisdom," "wealth," "fortune," and "life power," and the realization of your wishes.
If Your Wish Comes True, Give It Back Double!
And in case your wishes do come true, you will write your own "five" · "large" · "power" stones, and bring them back double the number of stones you picked up!
The spreading of happiness is wonderful.
The many amulet cases hanging there shows the fact that the realization of wishes does happen, and as a token of appreciation, people bring back their happiness twice as much as they have received.
In fact, you could just unexpectedly find the pebbles with "five"・ "large"・ "powers" written on them. Of course, it depends on the day.
If you find three stones, you are going to buy an amulet case next.
Godairiki Amulet Case
An amulet case to put in Godairiki pebbles are sold at conferment place or Nankun-sha. (300 yen)
Nankun-sha is nearby and convenient.
Nankun-sha is a place that is also known for "Hattatsu-san (good luck festival for business success)''. You can find it in the direction where there are red flags.
Here are the stones you found, now inside an amulet!
Keep it with you as you keep your wishes in your heart, and let's hope for a day when you will bring back the stones double again someday.
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3 minutes on foot to the east from "Sumiyoshi Taisha" Station of Nankai Main Line (Nankai Honsen)
5 minutes on foot to the west from "Sumiyoshi Higashi" Station of Nankai Koya Line
6:00 - (Apr - Sep)
6:30 - (Oct - Mar) ※ Open from 6:00 on Hattatsubi (first dragon day) every month
Gaishumon (Outer gate) 16:00
Mikakiuchi (Inner gate) 17:00 (all year round)
Article・Photography / Tabiningen
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