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Etiquette

How to pay respect at Meiji Jingu:
These actions express respect and are independent of religious beliefs.
At a Torii (shrine archway): Otorii

Bow at Torii
Bow
1.

Bow once when entering.

2.

Bow once when leaving.

At Temizuya (font): Temizuya

Rinse your hands and mouth
Rinse hands and mouth
1.

Rinse your left hand.

2.

Rinse your right hand.

3.

Pour water into your left hand.

4.

Rinse your mouth.

5.

Rinse your left hand again.

6.

Rinse the dipper (allow the remaining water to run down the handle of the dipper).

Please do not touch the dipper directly with your lips, and please do not throw coins into the water.

At the main shrine buildings: Gehaiden

Paying respect
Paying respect
1.

You may put some coins into the offertory box.

2.

Bow twice.

3.

Clap your hands twice.

4.

You may make a wish if you like.

5.

Bow once again.

Please do not take photos or videos close to the main shrine buildings.

Please preserve the dignity of this place.
Eating, drinking, or smoking in designated areas only.

Please do not take photos or videos from inside the halls (i.e. no photographing or filming when there is a roof above your head).
Photos from outside are permitted.