New Year’s visit – Hatsumoude

People visit to a shrine or a temple for New Year’s visit (初詣で) during first 3 days ( Jan 1st – 3rd).
The custom of New Year’s visit was started during the Edo period (1603-1867). Although the syncretization of Shinto with Buddhism was prohibited and then divided each rerigon at the time when the Meiji period (1868 – 1914) started, but this custom has still remained now and going to which a shrine or a temple isn’t big different. Going to ther for praying for health, love, business or family is important.

The below is the ranking of the number of visitors (Jan 1st – 3rd) in 2009.
I’ve added some information such as enshrined deity .

The Number of visitors in 2009

Ranking Name Location Visitors (Million) Enshrined deity
1 Meiji Shrine Tokyo 3.19M Emperor Meiji, Empress Shoken
2 Shinsho-ji temple (Narita) Chiba 2.98M Cetaka (Fudo)
3 Kawasaki Daishi Kanagawa 2.96M Kobo Daishi (Kukai)
4 Fushimi Inari Taisha Kyoto 2.77M Ugano Mitamano Okami (Inari-sama)
5 Tsuruoka Hachimangu Kanagawa 2.51M Emperor Ojin, Empress Jingu, Himeokami
6 Senso-ji temple Tokyo 2.39M Bodhisattva Kannon
7 Atsuta Jingu Aichi 2.35M Atsuta no okami
7 Sumiyoshi Taisha Osaka 2.35M Sokotsutsunoo no mikoto and 3 other gods
9 Omiya Hikawa Shrine Saitama 2.05M Ookuninushi, Kushinada hime, Suanoo
10 Dazaifu Tenmangu Fukuoka 2.04M Michizane Sugawara

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