Religion in Japan
We have Shinto and Buddhism mainly.
Pilgrimage in Shikoku
A famous reason to visit Shikoku is to do a pilgrimage around 88 Buddhist temples which are scattered all over the island. Even today, many people make this pilgrimage. Let’s find out its history and why it attracts many people.
Christianity in Japan
Did you ever wonder how Christianity ended up in Japan? And why are church weddings and Christmas so popular in Japan while only a small minority of the population is Christian? Let us answer these questions and more!
Religions in Japan
Japan has two main religions, Shinto and Buddhism. Although many people claim to have no particular belief, most participate in both Shinto and Buddhist customs and rituals.
Shinto in Japan
Shinto has been the main religion in Japan since ancient times, centering on the ideas of Japanese intimacy with nature and ancestor worship. All things on earth were brought forth and ruled over by the gods who reside throughout all nature. Mountains and trees often become an object of worship, and the shrine archway and sacred Shinto ropes mark the gods' sacred areas.
Buddhism in Japan
While Japan's first main religion is Shinto, the second main religion is Buddhism which was imported in Japan with the silk route. It originated in India and came to Japan through China and Korea and thus has many influences from Chinese and Korean style Buddhism and Buddhist architecture.
Small amulets called 'omamori' are sold at shrines or temples in Japan. The word omamori means 'protection' and these objects are amulets that are generally meant to give good luck to the person who acquires them.
5 Most Recommended Shinto Shrines
When you are planning a Japan tour, it can be difficult to choose which shrine to visit because there are so many interesting shrines to choose from. Therefore, we present you a list of 5 of the most impressive Shinto shrines to visit during your stay in Japan.
Japan has its own customs surrounding weddings, some of which are Shinto, some of which are Buddhist, and some of which are a commercialized version of Hollywood-style church weddings. Learn more about this interesting mix that makes up Japanese weddings!
Shinto Goddess Amaterasu Omikami
Amaterasu is the incarnate goddess as the Sun that governs the Universe and the main deity of Japanese Shinto. It is believed that the royal family of Japan descends directly from this important goddess.
Shinto Shrines in Japan
Whether you are in a large city like Tokyo or in a small village in the countryside, a Shinto shrine is never far away in Japan. Many Japanese people are not particularly religious or pious, but many people still feel a connection with shrines and what they represent.