The next day I visited the Sumiyoshi Taisha, a very old Shinto shrine. This is the main shrine of about 2300 shrines in Japan and was probably built in the year 211 AD. Thus this temple is so old that no (Buddhist) influences from the mainland existed yet. This is also reflected in the architecture, which is still free of these influences. Originally the area of the shrine was much larger, but in the course of time it became much smaller.