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Popular Shrines and Temples for New Year's Visit


It is traditional for Japanese people to visit a shrine or temple during the period starting from the mid-night on New Year's Eve to the first week in January. People pray for safety, health, and good fortune for the new year. The first visit to a temple or shrine in the year is called hatsumoude. This is a list of popular temples and shrines for hatsumoude.

Meiji Jingu Shrine

Meiji Shrine, Tokyo
Photo by Shizuko Mishima

Location: Yoyogi Shibuyaku, Tokyo
Access: JR Harajuku Station/ JR Yoyogi Station / Subway Meiji-jingu-mae Station

Naritasan Shinshoji Temple

Location: 1 Narita Narita-city, Chiba
Access: JR/Keisei Narita Station

Kawasaki Daishi

4-48 Daishimachi Kawasaki-ku Kawasaki-city, Kanagawa
Access: Keikyu Line Kawasaki Daishi Station

Fushimi Inari

Location: 63 Fukakusa Yabunouchicho Fushimi-ku Kyoto-city, Kyoto
Access: JR Inari Station
Fushimi Inari is the head shrine of Inari shines in Japan.

Atsuta Jingu Shrine

Location: 1-1-1 Jingu Atsuta-ku Nagoya-city, Aichi
Access: Meitetsu Train Jingu-mae Station

Sumiyoshi Taisha

Location: 2-9-8 Sumiyoshi Sumiyoshi-ku Osaka-city
Access: Nankai Tetsudo Line Sumiyoshi Taisha Station

Sensoji Temple

Location: 2-3-1 Asakusa Taito-ku, Tokyo
Access: Tokyo Subway Asakusa Station

Tsurugaoka Hachimangu Shrine

Location: 2-1-31 Yukinoshita Kamakura-city Kanagawa
Access: JR Kamakura Station

Dazaifu Tenmangu

Location: 4-7-1 Saifu Dazaifu-city, Fukuoka
Access: Nishitesu Dazaifu Station

Hikawa Jinja Shrine

Location: 1-407 Takahana-cho Omiya-ku Saitama-city, Saitama
Access: JR Omiya Station / Tobu Tetsudo Kita-Omiya Station

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