Discover Shintoism
¥ 5,900 Required Time 2h Available Daily Opening hours 9:00 AM-5:00 PM

Enjoy a short moment with priests and Mikosan (Shrine maidens) in a Japanese Shinto Shrine. Walk through the sacred place and learn about the indigenous faith of the Japanese. Learn the basic rules of visiting a Japanese Shinto Shrine, write your personal wish on a votive Shinto tablet and get to know its history. Meet one of the Shinto Priests, learn more about their way of believing and with a little luck, you will get the rare opportunity to be part of a special purification ceremony at the main hall of the Shrine.

1. Meet us at the Hotoku Ninomiya Shrine in Odawara

2. Discover the purification pond and learn about the importance of the ritual purification.

3. Learn about the enshrined spirituality and the difference between Japanese Buddhism and Shintoism.

4. Meet and talk with a real Shinto priest.

5. Learn about Japanese religion and how to visit a Shinto Shrine properly.

6. Write a wish on your own personal votive Shinto tablet in Kanji or in your own language and hang it on the wall of the Shinto Shrine.

7. Be part of a Shinto ceremony and get the chance to offer a sacred branch of tree to the enshrined spirituality.

8. Listen to the prayer of the Shinto priests and watch an ancient ritual dance.


Requested People to run a Tour

min. 2 Guest

Maximal Tour size

max. 15 Guests

Things to take with you

Camera and lots of questions

Meeting point Hotoku Ninomiya Shrine Office, Odawara
Payment Cash only
Reservation Deadline
Discounts Infants (0-4 years) are joining for free
Children (5-12 years) receive a 50% discount
Special group discount
On request
Included Shinto ceremony fee, sacred dance, votive Shinto plaque, English or German-speaking guide, Insurance, Tax
Reservation Recommended
(On certain days the Local Japan desk may be not available)

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Hotoku Ninomiya Shrine - Hotoku Kaikan
8-10, Jonai, Odawara-shi, Kanagawa 250-0014, JAPAN

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