Soribashi is one of the representative structures of Sumiyoshi-taisha Shrine, the largest shrine in Osaka known for gods of the sea. This bridge, also called Taikobashi, is 4.4 meters in height with a maximum grade of 48 degrees, beautifully formed in vermillion.
Long time ago, the waves used to wash close to this bridge. It is said to have been built by Hideyori Toyotomi, but one theory states that Hideyori conducted the repair work of the main shrine, and it was in fact Yodogimi, Hideyoshi’s lover, who donated the bridge. Its wooden beams and deck boards require frequent replacement, and in older times, this bridge was maintained by shipwrights. The current Soribashi was completed in the 56th year of the Showa Period (1981), but the stone bridge posts and braces are said to have not been changed since the times of Toyotomi.
This bridge is crossed for the purpose of cleansing away sins and filth before approaching the gods, and the reason that the bridge is so steep is said to be because it was likened to a rainbow since it connected the terrestrial world of humans and the celestial world of gods. Scenery of the main shrine viewed from this bridge is exquisite. Also, during Kangetsusai (full moon festival) held on the night of the mid-autumn full moon, waka and haiku are composed on this bridge.