shrine

A shrine is a sacred place where Shinto gods are worshipped. Many people would associate the word ‘shrine’ with a torii gate that stands in front of every shrine. Shinto is polytheism and that explains why each shrine worships different god. For example, you’ll see many fox statues in Inari shrine. Inari is God of rice and foxes are considered as the messengers of Inari. The famous shrines in Japan are Meiji Shrine and Yasukuni Shrine in Tokyo, Ise Grand Shrine in Mie and Izumo Grand Shrine in Shimane. They are all spiritual symbols of Japan but also the home of Shinto.