Some words about Japanese culture

Friday, September 22, 2006

Popular shrines best 10

Japan has about 120,000 shrines and many kinds of gods. They grant prayers different wishes. The only god is not enough for many kinds of wishes. The world of gods are division system, too. A shrine supports one of gods. Of all shrines, ten of the most popular shrines are the following.

1. Inari shrine(伏見神社): 19,800
worshipping a god of the food and agriculture
2. Hachiman shrine(八幡神社): 14,800
worshipping a god of protecting the country
3. Tenjin shrine(天神神社): 10,300
worshipping a god of learning
4. Suwa shrine(諏訪神社): 5,700
worshipping a god of agriculture
5. Shin-myo shrine(神明神社): 5,400
worshipping a god of sun and ancestor, the god of gods like Zeus of Greek myth
6. Kumano shrine(熊野神社): 3,300
worshipping a god of mountains, waterfalls and the sea
7. Kasuga shrine(春日神社): 3,100
worshipping a god of protecting the country
8. Yasaka shrine(八坂神社): 2,900
worshipping a god of avoiding the plague
9. Hakusan shrine(白山神社): 2,700
worshipping a god of agriculture and the world of dead people
10. Sumiyoshi shrine(住吉神社): 2,100
worshipping a god of the sea

Note) Incredibly, some leading companies like Toyota, Hitachi and Toshiba have their own god.


  • At 10/22/2006 9:46 PM, Blogger zannnie said…

    清水寺 is the one i visited before:)

    Thanks for that great insights, Macky...

  • At 10/24/2006 8:05 AM, Blogger macky said…

    Thanks for your comment:-)
    You can type Japanese letter! It's very nice!!
    By the way, 清水寺 is the most popular temple in Kyoto! I hope you had a nice trip in Kyoto:-)

  • At 10/13/2007 7:45 AM, Anonymous Kaori said…

    Hi! Your blog is great!
    I have been to Japan a few times and I love the japanese culture. Could you type out the Kanji for the shrines that you listed in the post? Thankyou!

  • At 10/13/2007 9:07 AM, Blogger macky said…

    Hi, Kaori! Thanks for the comment and being interested in Japanese culture!! Could you read Kanji? If yes, it will be great!! Now I added the Kanji and I hope it would be helpful!! Have a nice day!!

  • At 10/31/2007 11:38 AM, Blogger Princess Haiku said…

    I am going to look for links, for a virtual visit to all of these shrines.

  • At 3/19/2008 9:55 AM, Blogger Aurelio Asiain said…

    Where did you take the information on the number of shrines from? I would like to quote it in my own blog.


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