How to visit a Shinto Shrine in Japan
Before you worship, purify your hands and mouth at the “Temizuya” water pavilion.
hold the dipper using right hand, and pour water on your left.
In the same way, wash your right hand.
Hold it on your right hand, pour water on your left hand to rinse your mouth.
Wash your left hand again.
Throw a coin into the offering box. Five yen coin is good.Five is “go” in Japanese.So we refer to this five-yen coin as “go-en”.
And speaking about “yen”, our currency’s proper pronouciation is “en”.
And “en” also has another meaning.”En”, has several meanings, includin “fate”, “destiney”, “chance”, and “relatedness”.
When we throw money into a monetary box at shrines, people generally throw in five-yen.Wishing for good fate (en) with god.
Clap your hands twice.
Put your hands together and pray silently.
Put the hands down and bow once again.