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Shintoism Collection

Shintoism, the indigenous religion of Japan, is deeply rooted in the country's culture and history

Background imageShintoism Collection: Fushimi Inari-taisha shrine, Fushimi ward, Kyoto, Kyoto prefecture, Kansai region, Japan

Fushimi Inari-taisha shrine, Fushimi ward, Kyoto, Kyoto prefecture, Kansai region, Japan

Background imageShintoism Collection: Senbon Torii (1, 000 Torii gates), Fushimi Inari Taisha shrine, Kyoto, Japan, Asia

Senbon Torii (1, 000 Torii gates), Fushimi Inari Taisha shrine, Kyoto, Japan, Asia

Background imageShintoism Collection: Wedding, Meiji Jingu Shrine, Shinto Shrine, Tokyo, Japan, Asia

Wedding, Meiji Jingu Shrine, Shinto Shrine, Tokyo, Japan, Asia

Background imageShintoism Collection: Torii of the Hakone Shrine at Lake Ashi, Hakone, Kanagawa Prefecture, Honshu, Japan

Torii of the Hakone Shrine at Lake Ashi, Hakone, Kanagawa Prefecture, Honshu, Japan

Background imageShintoism Collection: Entrance path to Fushimi Inari Shrine in winter, Kyoto, Japan, Asia

Entrance path to Fushimi Inari Shrine in winter, Kyoto, Japan, Asia

Background imageShintoism Collection: Kukai Sails to China

Kukai Sails to China
The priest Kukai (later known as Kobo-Daishi) sails to China to study its religion, returns to create a Japanese religion containing elements of Confucianism with Shintoism

Background imageShintoism Collection: Torii gate at Fushimi Inari Jinja, Shinto shrine, UNESCO World Heritage Site, Kyoto, Honshu

Torii gate at Fushimi Inari Jinja, Shinto shrine, UNESCO World Heritage Site, Kyoto, Honshu, Japan, Asia

Background imageShintoism Collection: Meoto Iwa (Wedded Rocks) in the rain, Futami, Mie prefecture, Japan

Meoto Iwa (Wedded Rocks) in the rain, Futami, Mie prefecture, Japan

Background imageShintoism Collection: Todaiji Temple, Great Buddha Vairocana (Daibutsu), Nara, Honshu, Japan

Todaiji Temple, Great Buddha Vairocana (Daibutsu), Nara, Honshu, Japan

Background imageShintoism Collection: Todaiji Temple, Great Buddha Vairocana (Daibutsu), Nara, Honshu, Japan

Todaiji Temple, Great Buddha Vairocana (Daibutsu), Nara, Honshu, Japan

Background imageShintoism Collection: Todaiji Temple, Great Buddha Vairocana (Daibutsu), Nara, Honshu, Japan

Todaiji Temple, Great Buddha Vairocana (Daibutsu), Nara, Honshu, Japan

Background imageShintoism Collection: Todaiji Temple, Great Buddha Vairocana (Daibutsu), Nara, Honshu, Japan

Todaiji Temple, Great Buddha Vairocana (Daibutsu), Nara, Honshu, Japan

Background imageShintoism Collection: Red torii gate at Shimoda beach, Shizuoka Prefecture, Japan

Red torii gate at Shimoda beach, Shizuoka Prefecture, Japan

Background imageShintoism Collection: Itsukushima Shinto Shrine, Japan, 1908. Creator: Arnold Genthe

Itsukushima Shinto Shrine, Japan, 1908. Creator: Arnold Genthe
Itsukushima Shinto Shrine, Japan, 1908

Background imageShintoism Collection: Itsukushima Shinto Shrine, Japan, 1908. Creator: Arnold Genthe

Itsukushima Shinto Shrine, Japan, 1908. Creator: Arnold Genthe
Itsukushima Shinto Shrine, Japan, 1908

Background imageShintoism Collection: Itsukushima Shinto Shrine, Japan, 1908. Creator: Arnold Genthe

Itsukushima Shinto Shrine, Japan, 1908. Creator: Arnold Genthe
Itsukushima Shinto Shrine, Japan, 1908

Background imageShintoism Collection: Itsukushima Shinto Shrine, Japan, 1908. Creator: Arnold Genthe

Itsukushima Shinto Shrine, Japan, 1908. Creator: Arnold Genthe
Itsukushima Shinto Shrine, Japan, 1908

Background imageShintoism Collection: Shinto Temple, 1865. Creator: Unknown

Shinto Temple, 1865. Creator: Unknown
Shinto Temple, 1865

Background imageShintoism Collection: Heavy Snow at Toshogu Shrine in Ueno, 1879. Creator: Kobayashi Kiyochika

Heavy Snow at Toshogu Shrine in Ueno, 1879. Creator: Kobayashi Kiyochika
Heavy Snow at Toshogu Shrine in Ueno, 1879

Background imageShintoism Collection: Yomeimon Gate at Nikko Toshogu Shrine, 1897. Creator: Kobayashi Kiyochika

Yomeimon Gate at Nikko Toshogu Shrine, 1897. Creator: Kobayashi Kiyochika
Yomeimon Gate at Nikko Toshogu Shrine, 1897. From Sketches of Famous Places in Japan

Background imageShintoism Collection: Kamigamo Shrine in Summer, 1860-1870. Creator: Mori Kansai

Kamigamo Shrine in Summer, 1860-1870. Creator: Mori Kansai
Kamigamo Shrine in Summer, 1860-1870. The Kamigamo Shrine is the oldest Shinto shrine in the former Japanese capital of Kyoto

Background imageShintoism Collection: Myojin Shrine, Higashizaka, Kanda, Late 1830s-mid 1840s. Creator: Ando Hiroshige

Myojin Shrine, Higashizaka, Kanda, Late 1830s-mid 1840s. Creator: Ando Hiroshige
Myojin Shrine, Higashizaka, Kanda, Late 1830s-mid 1840s. From Famous Views of the Eastern Capital

Background imageShintoism Collection: View of Kameido Tenmangu Shrine in Snow, c1832-38. Creator: Ando Hiroshige

View of Kameido Tenmangu Shrine in Snow, c1832-38. Creator: Ando Hiroshige
View of Kameido Tenmangu Shrine in Snow, c1832-38. From Famous Places of the Eastern Capital

Background imageShintoism Collection: Act I: Lady Kaoyo Mounting the Steps at Hachiman Shrine for the... between c1835 and c1839

Act I: Lady Kaoyo Mounting the Steps at Hachiman Shrine for the... between c1835 and c1839. Creator: Ando Hiroshige
Act I: Lady Kaoyo Mounting the Steps at Hachiman Shrine for the Identification of Her Dead Master's Helmet, between circa 1835 and circa 1839. From The Storehouse of Loyal Retainers

Background imageShintoism Collection: The Daimyo's Ladies Procession at Eastern Capitol: Hachimangu Shrine and Chaki-Inari Shrine, 1845

The Daimyo's Ladies Procession at Eastern Capitol: Hachimangu Shrine and Chaki-Inari Shrine, 1845
The Daimyo's Ladies Procession at Eastern Capitol: Hachimangu Shrine and Chaki-Inari Shrine (image 2 of 3), 1845

Background imageShintoism Collection: The Daimyo's Ladies Procession at Eastern Capitol: Hachimangu Shrine and Chaki-Inari Shrine, 1845

The Daimyo's Ladies Procession at Eastern Capitol: Hachimangu Shrine and Chaki-Inari Shrine, 1845
The Daimyo's Ladies Procession at Eastern Capitol: Hachimangu Shrine and Chaki-Inari Shrine (image 1 of 3), 1845

Background imageShintoism Collection: Tenjinzaka Hill at Yushima Shrine, 1856. Creator: Ando Hiroshige

Tenjinzaka Hill at Yushima Shrine, 1856. Creator: Ando Hiroshige
Tenjinzaka Hill at Yushima Shrine, 1856. From One Hundred Famous Views of Edo

Background imageShintoism Collection: Taijian Wangfuren Playing One-String Chin, Encircled by Dragon, 19th century. Creator: Gakutei

Taijian Wangfuren Playing One-String Chin, Encircled by Dragon, 19th century. Creator: Gakutei
Taijian Wangfuren Playing One-String Chin, Encircled by Dragon, 19th century

Background imageShintoism Collection: Yotsuguruma Daihachi and Kotengu Heisuke Duel during the Battle of the Wrestlers and the... 1886

Yotsuguruma Daihachi and Kotengu Heisuke Duel during the Battle of the Wrestlers and the... 1886
Yotsuguruma Daihachi and Kotengu Heisuke Duel during the Battle of the Wrestlers and the Firemen at Shimmei Shrine, 1886. From A Selection of Western Color Prints

Background imageShintoism Collection: Tokugawa Tsunayoshi Visiting Nikko Shrine, 1875. Creator: Tsukioka Yoshitoshi

Tokugawa Tsunayoshi Visiting Nikko Shrine, 1875. Creator: Tsukioka Yoshitoshi
Tokugawa Tsunayoshi Visiting Nikko Shrine, 1875. From Brief Account of the Rulers of the Tokugawa Clan

Background imageShintoism Collection: Ise Shrine Festival, between 1767 and 1770. Creator: Utagawa Toyoharu

Ise Shrine Festival, between 1767 and 1770. Creator: Utagawa Toyoharu
Ise Shrine Festival, between 1767 and 1770

Background imageShintoism Collection: Illustration of the Legend of Tenjin (image 2 of 4), 19th century. Creator: Sadahide Utagawa

Illustration of the Legend of Tenjin (image 2 of 4), 19th century. Creator: Sadahide Utagawa
Illustration of the Legend of Tenjin (image 2 of 4), 19th century. Alternate Title: Tenmangu Goden Emaki

Background imageShintoism Collection: Mimeguri Shrine, c1802. Creator: Hokusai

Mimeguri Shrine, c1802. Creator: Hokusai
Mimeguri Shrine, c1802. Series: Famous Views of the Eastern Capital

Background imageShintoism Collection: Bugaku Performance at the Imperial Palace during Hinamatsuri, 19th century

Bugaku Performance at the Imperial Palace during Hinamatsuri, 19th century. Creator: Tsukioka Yoshitoshi
Bugaku Performance at the Imperial Palace during Hinamatsuri, 19th century

Background imageShintoism Collection: Drum Bridge of Kameido Tenjin Shrine (image 2 of 2), 19th century. Creator: Hokusai

Drum Bridge of Kameido Tenjin Shrine (image 2 of 2), 19th century. Creator: Hokusai
Drum Bridge of Kameido Tenjin Shrine (image 2 of 2), 19th century. From Wondrous Views of Famous Bridges in All the Province

Background imageShintoism Collection: Drum Bridge of Kameido Tenjin Shrine (image 1 of 2), 19th century. Creator: Hokusai

Drum Bridge of Kameido Tenjin Shrine (image 1 of 2), 19th century. Creator: Hokusai
Drum Bridge of Kameido Tenjin Shrine (image 1 of 2), 19th century. From Wondrous Views of Famous Bridges in All the Province

Background imageShintoism Collection: Twenty-Five Views of the Capital (image 7 of 29), Late 19th century. Creator: Morikawa Sobun

Twenty-Five Views of the Capital (image 7 of 29), Late 19th century. Creator: Morikawa Sobun
Twenty-Five Views of the Capital (image 7 of 29), Late 19th century

Background imageShintoism Collection: Inari Shrine at Oji, c1802. Creator: Hokusai

Inari Shrine at Oji, c1802. Creator: Hokusai
Inari Shrine at Oji, c1802. From Famous Views of the Eastern Capital

Background imageShintoism Collection: Temple of Hatchiman, at Kamakura; A European Sojourn in Japan, 1875. Creator: Unknown

Temple of Hatchiman, at Kamakura; A European Sojourn in Japan, 1875. Creator: Unknown
Temple of Hatchiman, at Kamakura; A European Sojourn in Japan, 1875. From, Illustrated Travels by H.W. Bates. [Cassell, Petter, and Galpin, c1880, London]

Background imageShintoism Collection: Uzume, early 19th century. Creator: Chingendo Hidemasa

Uzume, early 19th century. Creator: Chingendo Hidemasa
Uzume, early 19th century

Background imageShintoism Collection: Shinto Sculpture in the Shape of a Seated Fox, 16th century. Creator: Unknown

Shinto Sculpture in the Shape of a Seated Fox, 16th century. Creator: Unknown
Shinto Sculpture in the Shape of a Seated Fox, 16th century

Background imageShintoism Collection: Two foxes for the Torri of the Inari Jinja, 1800-1900. Creator: Anon

Two foxes for the Torri of the Inari Jinja, 1800-1900. Creator: Anon
Two foxes for the Torri of the Inari Jinja, 1800-1900

Background imageShintoism Collection: Travel views of Japan and Korea, 1908. Creator: Arnold Genthe

Travel views of Japan and Korea, 1908. Creator: Arnold Genthe
Travel views of Japan and Korea, 1908

Background imageShintoism Collection: Travel views of Japan and Korea, 1908. Creator: Arnold Genthe

Travel views of Japan and Korea, 1908. Creator: Arnold Genthe
Travel views of Japan and Korea, 1908

Background imageShintoism Collection: Travel views of Japan and Korea, 1908. Creator: Arnold Genthe

Travel views of Japan and Korea, 1908. Creator: Arnold Genthe
Travel views of Japan and Korea, 1908

Background imageShintoism Collection: Travel views of Japan and Korea, 1908. Creator: Arnold Genthe

Travel views of Japan and Korea, 1908. Creator: Arnold Genthe
Travel views of Japan and Korea, 1908

Background imageShintoism Collection: Travel views of Japan and Korea, 1908. Creator: Arnold Genthe

Travel views of Japan and Korea, 1908. Creator: Arnold Genthe
Travel views of Japan and Korea, 1908

Background imageShintoism Collection: Travel views of Japan and Korea, 1908. Creator: Arnold Genthe

Travel views of Japan and Korea, 1908. Creator: Arnold Genthe
Travel views of Japan and Korea, 1908




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Shintoism, the indigenous religion of Japan, is deeply rooted in the country's culture and history. One of its most iconic symbols can be found at the Fushimi Inari-taisha shrine in Fushimi ward, Kyoto. This breathtaking shrine is famous for its Senbon Torii, a mesmerizing pathway adorned with 1, 000 vibrant red gates that lead visitors up to Mount Inari. In Tokyo, another significant Shinto site awaits - the Meiji Jingu Shrine. This sacred place holds great importance as it was built to honor Emperor Meiji and Empress Shoken. It serves as a popular venue for traditional Japanese weddings where couples exchange vows amidst serene surroundings. Traveling to Hakone in Kanagawa Prefecture unveils yet another enchanting Shinto destination. The Torii gate at Hakone Shrine stands gracefully by Lake Ashi, creating a picturesque scene that captures the essence of tranquility and spirituality. Winter brings an ethereal charm to Kyoto's Fushimi Inari Shrine as snow blankets the entrance path leading worshippers through rows of torii gates. This UNESCO World Heritage Site offers a serene escape from bustling city life. Delving into Shinto mythology takes us back centuries ago when Kukai sailed to China seeking knowledge and inspiration for this ancient faith. His journey played a crucial role in shaping Shinto beliefs and practices that are still followed today. Nature also plays an integral part in Shintoism's spiritual connection with Japan's landscapes. The Meoto Iwa (Wedded Rocks) stand tall amidst rain showers in Futami, Mie prefecture—a symbol of harmony between male and female deities. The Nezu Shrine located in Bunkyo-ku district of Tokyo boasts an exquisite Azalea Garden that bursts into vibrant colors during springtime—an awe-inspiring sight cherished by locals and tourists alike.