How to Make Offerings at Japanese Temples

Express your gratitude by visiting Japan's temples.

Offerings made at temples are more about ridding oneself of worldly desires rather than a show of gratitude to the gods, as they are at shrines. Thus, your offering is an expression of thanks for this opportunity to better yourself in Buddhism.

At temples, donation boxes are usually either inside the main building or outside of it.

This is the donation box at Senso-ji Temple.

Japanese people 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 can donate any amount.

Make your offering quietly.

Making an offering is a part of the worshipping ritual.  

Provided by Travel Photo Guide™ and Japan Walker™ (12 February 2018)

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