Discover Shintoism in Odawara

Tour a Shinto shrine in Odawara and discover what the way of life in Shintoism is about.

2 hours


  • Meet a Shinto priest
  • Write a wishing tablet
  • Learn about way of life in Shintoism


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Enjoy a short moment with priests and "mikosan" (shrine maidens) in a Japanese Shinto shrine. Walk through the sacred place. Learn about Shintoism - the indigenous faith of the Japanese people. Learn the most common rules of visiting a Shinto shrine in Japan. Get the chance to write your personal wish on a votive Shinto tablet and get to know its history. Meet one of the Shinto priests, learn more about their way of believing and with a little luck, you will get the rare chance to be part of a special purification ceremony on the main hall of the shrine.


Meet us at the Hotoku Ninomiya Shrine in Odawara. Discover the purification pond and understand more about the importance of ritual purification. Learn about the enshrined spirituality and the difference between Japanese Buddhism and Shintoism. Meet and talk with a real Shinto priest. Write a wish on your own personal votive Shinto tablet in kanji or in your own language and hang it on the wall of the Shinto shrine. Be part of a Shinto ceremony and get the chance to offer a sacred branch of tree to the enshrined spirituality.
Listen to the prayer of the Shinto priests and watch an ancient ritual dance.

Important information

Included in price

  • Shinto ceremony fee
  • Sacred dance
  • Votive Shinto plaque
  • English or German-speaking guide
  • Insurance
  • Tax

Not included

  • Transportation to/from tour venue
  • Personal expenses

Know before you book 

  • Cancellation: Up to 21 days prior the tour date, cancellation is free of charge.
    For other cancellations Local Japan has to charge a cancellation fee based on the following terms:

    20-15 days prior the tour   →  20% of total tour fee
    14-8 days prior the tour  →  30% of total tour fee
    7-4 days prior the tour  →  50% of total tour fee
    3-0 days prior the tour  →  100% of total tour fee
  • Infants (0-4 years) are joining for free
  • Children (5-12 years) receive a 50% discount

What you need to bring

  • Camera

Starting point

Hotoku Ninomiya Shrine Reception
8-10 Jonai, Odawara, Kanagawa 250-0014

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