Japan for beginners: How to visit and what to do at a shrine in Japan

There are countless temples and shrines all over Japan. So what do you do at a temple or a shrine? In either case, there are proper ways to visit. This time, we went the popular Kanda Myojin Shrine in Tokyo, and created a video to show you how to visit a shrine step by step. We hope that – with a deeper understanding of this part of Japanese culture – you will have an even greater time in Japan! Enjoy!

Kanda Myoujin Shrine

“Kanda Myojin Shrine” is a shrine with a history of about 1,300 years. This shrine respects traditions, but also collaborates with anime and video games! You will see various items such as amulets and ema wish plates with cute designs. Also, the shrine regularly holds unique exhibition events and successfully manages to blend tradition and innovation.

Wooden ema wish plates
Purifying our hands before going into the inner area of the shrine.
If you like, you can make a wish.

Of course, anyone can visit, so please check out this video and try to visit the shrine Japanese-style!
If you want to know more about the shrine and Shintoism, you should check out the tour “Discovering Shinto at Kanda Myojin” which is also held in English! (linked below)

“Discovering Shinto at Kanda Myojin” Tour

A real shrine maiden will be your teacher. and lead you through every step. This trip is perfect for everyone who wants to get an insight in Japanse culture and religion as well as to make a special memory during their Japan trip. An experience you cannot make elsewhere.

Learning about Shinto and shrines
Taking a picture with our group!

Discovering Shinto at Kanda Myoujin Tour

https://cocoro-k.co.jp/events/worship (Japanese)
https://cocoro-k.co.jp/events/worship-en (English)

Kanda Myoujin Shrine

https://www.kandamyoujin.or.jp
2-16-2 Sotokanda, Chiyoda-ku, Tokyo
Google Maps: https://goo.gl/maps/x5jVaeTANER4UCAK6
Nearest station: Ochanomizu Station, Shin-Ochanomizu Station, Akihabara Station, Suehirocho Station