How to Make Offerings at Shrines in Japan

It's the people's way of showing their appreciation for the gods.

In Japan, it's customary to make an offering when visiting a house of worship. It's one way of giving thanks and showing one's appreciation for Japan's culture and practices.

While both shrines and temples have donation boxes, making an offering at a shrine particularly expresses one's gratitude toward the gods. In this article, we show you how to make offerings at shrines.

Most donation boxes are in the main building. This is the donation box at Ueno Tosho-gu Shrine.

Locals often donate either ¥5 or ¥115 because they are puns for "goen," which means fate, and "i-i-goen, which means good fate, but you're welcome to donate any amount.

Make your offering quietly.

Making an offering is part of the Japanese's worshipping ritual.

For more details on what to do, you can refer to our guide to visiting shrines here.

Provided by Travel Photo Guide™ and Japan Walker™ (11 February 2018)

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