Japan’s Shrines & Temples

How to Tell Which is Which

Donny Kimball
10 min readDec 8, 2017

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People visit a shrine in Japan that’s located on the backside of Kyoto’s Kiyomizu-dera

Can you identify the differences between a shrine and a temple? With few exceptions, virtually all visitors to Japan include a visit to one or the other on their itineraries. After all, the traditional architecture is timelessly picturesque and appeals to individuals from all walks of life. As awe inspiring as these structures may be though, it can be difficult to discern…

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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/