Shrines in Kyoto

By Emma, Australia, December 2012

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There are thousands of temples as well as shrines in Kyoto, so it is understandable that people may be confused as to the difference between the two. Calling a temple a shrine (or vice versa), however, is akin to calling a church a synagogue. Both buildings belong to two different religions: Buddhism lays claim to the temples whereas shrines are dedicated to the gods of the Shinto religion.

Editor’s Note: This recommendation was taken from our Kyoto Things to Do blog. Visit the original post to continue reading the full post and to learn more about things to do in Kyoto.

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