Hanazono Rugby Shrine, Higashi-Osaka

Kasuga rugby shrine, Hanazono, Higashi-Osaka

Heading to a rugby match at Osaka’s Hanazono Rugby Stadium?

Hanazono Rugby Stadium, Osaka

There’s a shrine (Yoshita Kasuga Shrine) dedicated to rugby near the stadium where players & fans of the local team Kintetsu Liners pray for success on the field – if you make a detour en route to the stadium you can do the same for your team!

Kasuga rugby shrine, Hanazono, Higashi-Osaka

The usual shrine fixtures of a torii entrance gate, stone lion guardians, and inner sanctum are supplemented with carvings of rugby balls and various other touches of rugby-themed flair on the grounds.

Kasuga rugby shrine, Hanazono, Higashi-Osaka

Kasuga rugby shrine, Hanazono, Higashi-Osaka

It’s a small shrine tucked away along a quiet suburban street, to get there search for ‘Kasuga Shrine Higashi Osaka’ on Google Maps. You could also try navigating using the area map at Higashi Hanazono train station:

Hanazono area map

It’s in the lower right of grid C1, marked in red, roughly a 10-minute walk from the stadium – as long as you don’t get lost anyway, the streets are a bit of a maze around there!


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