How many shrines in Japan?

at least 174,006

possibly 261,000

(links to shrine descriptions here)

And outside Japan?

666 in 1945

just a handful now

"...any being whatsoever which possesses some eminent quality out of the ordinary, and is awe-inspiring, is called Kami.”

普通の外にいくつかの著名な品質を持っている、と畏敬の念を起こさせるあるいかなるビーイングは、カミと呼ばれています。

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How many gods in Japan?

proverbially eight million

but as they can be everywhere

and in everything

the number is is incalculable

Latest shrine report: 

May 29 Takanawa Jinja Tōkyō, Minato-ku

Latest page update:

     May 6  How Many Shrines in Chiyoda-ku? At least 38  

 

 

 

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Notes: 1) Throughout this site the colour violet is associated with kami/gods, red with shrines/jinja

                                          2) For Japanese words in italics on this site the Japanese script equivalents can be found in the Vocabulary

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