Discover Shintoism - Tokyo

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Key Details

  • Mobile Voucher Accepted
  • Hotel pickup Available
  • Duration: 2 Hrs
  • Language:
  • Departure Time :
    09:00am, 11:00am, 1:30pm, 3:30pm
  • Departure Details :
    Reception of Hotoku Ninomiya Shrine in Odawara
  • Cancellation Policy :
    Cancel up to 2 days in advance for a full refund


Curious about Japanese way of life and religious believe? Accompanied by your personal interpreter who works for a Shinto Shrine, you will learn more about Japans unique nature religion Shintoism. Meet a real Shinto priest and enjoy discussions about religion and more. Get the chance to write your personal wish on a votive Shinto plaque and learn its history. Walk through the sacred place and learn the most common rules of visiting shrines in Japan.

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Meet us at the Hotoku Ninomiya Shrine right behind the Odawara Castle. After arriving at the Shrine Reception your private English or German speaking interpreter will lead you through the sacred place and will explain about history and life at the Shinto Shrine.

Enter the place from the main entrance and learn the rules of visiting a Shinto Shrine. Get to know the difference between Temples and Shrines in Japan and learn the importance of purification while cleaning hands and mouth with water. Enter the halls and meet a real Shinto priest. Listen to his stories and learn about way of believing and connection between Japans Religion and mother nature. Practice together with the Shinto priest how to use a sacred branch of tree and join an ancient Shinto ceremony.

After the ceremony you will proceed to another room, where you meet a Shrine maiden, who explains the history of votive Shrine tablets. Write your own personnel wish and your name in Japanese calligraphy. After you finished your writings you will walk back to the Shrine desk, where you receive a Shrine stamp.


  • Ceremony fee
  • Votive Shinto plaque
  • Tea
  • English or German-speaking guide
  • Philosophy
  • History
  • Shinto plaque writing / Calligraphy writing
  • Discussions with a Shinto priest


  • Lunch

Additional Info

Confirmation will be received at time of booking

Not wheelchair accessible

A dress code is required to enter places of worship and selected museums. No shorts or sleeveless tops allowed. Knees and shoulders should be covered for both men and women. You may risk refused entry if you fail to comply with these dress requirements

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