Visiting a Japanese Shinto Shrine, Step by Step!

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Shinto shrines, called "jinja" in Japanese, haven't only played an important role throughout Japan's history but also are an inherent part of daily life even today. Pass through the torii, a large gate that marks the entrance to every such shrine, and pray before the main hall to ask the kami (Shinto deities) for a wish and their blessing.

To make your experience a pleasant one without insecurities, let's go over the general rules of praying at a Shinto shrine. For this article, we visited the beautiful Nezu Shrine in Tokyo's Bunkyo Ward.

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