Many of Japan’s traditions and ideas are unfamiliar to those outside of Japan, particularly when it comes to religion and the etiquette around visiting temples and shrines. As there are jinja (Shinto shrines) and kami (gods) throughout Japan, read on to learn how to visit a Shinto Shrine correctly.
Temizu (purifying your hands and mouth)
When visiting a jinja, pass under the Torii (sacred gate) and proceed to the Temizuya, a puriﬁcation font usually consisting of a stone water basin, to cleanse your hands and rinse your mouth. This is a simple act of puriﬁcation before approaching the main sanctuary.
Praying etiquette to Kami
When you have cleansed your hands and mouth, you may proceed through the gate to the jinja or another object where you wish to pray to the kami. Your prayer should be your own.
For detailed steps including diagrams and a glossary of terms on how to visit a Shinto Shrine, follow the link below.
(You can read the full article via this link. This article was first published on November 13 2019 on JAPAN Forward, who aim to reveal the true face of Japan to the English speaking world in areas ranging from politics to sports and pop culture.)