Abe Oji Shrine
Abe Oji Shrine is located just south of Abe Seimei Shrine. In the Heian period, when the Kumano pilgrimage was extremely popular, Abe Oji Shrine was designated as the fifth of the Kumano Kuju-ku (ninety-nine) Oji shrines (the number has changed over time; Abe Oji Shrine is the first Oji among the Oji shrines still in existence). Oji refers to sub-shrines of Kumano Taisha (Kumano Shrine) in Wakayama Prefecture; Oji shrines were built along the Kumano pilgrimage route from Kyoto through Settsu and Izumi to the Kumano Hongu Shrine, to serve as places for rest and prayer. Abe Oji Shrine is said to have been constructed by Emperor Nintoku. According to an ancient record, when a great plague broke out in 826, Kobo Daishi, ordered by Emperor Junna, offered prayers to the gods at Abe Oji Shrine in the hope of putting an end to the epidemic. The Shrine is believed to have miraculous powers to ward off evil fortune, bring good luck and cure diseases. Abe Seimei Shrine is a sub-shrine of Abe Oji Shrine. In the precincts of the shrine are three camphor trees, designated as protected trees by Osaka Prefecture.
|ADDRESS||〒545-0034 9-4 Abeno-Motomachi, Abeno-ku, Osaka|
|TRANSPORTATION||5 min. walk from Higashi-Tengachaya Station on Hankai Tramway Uemachi Line|
|INQUIRIES||TEL : 06-6622-2565|