How to Visit a Shrine

A Simple Guide to Proper Etiquette

Donny Kimball
7 min readOct 7, 2017

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A girl wearing a kimono visits Fushimi Inari Taisha, one of Kyoto’s most iconic Shinto shrines

I visit A LOT of Shinto shrines while gathering content for this blog. From derelict and dilapidated hidden gems to the ultra-famous Fushimi Inari shrine pictured above, I’ve seen all manner of shapes and sizes. After all, visiting a shrine often ranks high on the must-do lists of foreign travelers so it’s only natural that they be a primary focus. In my many years of…

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Donny Kimball

I'm a travel writer and freelance digital marketer who blogs about the sides of Japan that you can't find in the mainstream media. https://donnykimball.com/