Kasama inari jinja


Purification Before Worship

Purification Before Worship

Whenever paying a visit to a Shinto jinja, it is customary to purify yourself at the Purification Font before advancing to the Hall of Worship to pray.

A shrine's purification font often is inscribed with characters meaning "cleanse your mind" ; there can be found a basin overflowing from a constantly flowing stream of pure water.

This water is used to cleanse the hands, mouth, and mind prior to worship, allowing the individual to approach the deity in an unblemished condition.

The Etiquette of Worship in Shinto

When paying one's respect before a Shinto shrine, it is customary to worship according to the prescribed form, "two bows, two claps, one bow." The bow is an expression of respect before the kami, while the bringing of one's hands together is said to represent the union of yang and yin, and thus harmony ; the clap is said to represent variously the spirit sound heard at the first opening of heaven and earth, the opening of the rock cave of heaven, and other deep meanings.

Hall of Worship

Hall of Worship(Haiden)


Date of Construction:1960

The Hall of Worship represents a serene combination of traditional Shinto and modern architectural designs. The steel-reinforced construction is topped with copper roofing, and encloses a total area of some 300 square meters, forming the central architectural structural of the entire shrine.

What is the Haiden?

The Haiden, translated variously as "oratory" or "hall of worship," is the structure where people approach the kami's presence to offer their worship.

Normally found just in front of the Honden (Main Sanctuary), the inner part of the Haiden serves as the area where sacred prayers are offered and ritual worship is performed by the shrine's priests.

Together with the Honden, which enshrines the physical emblem of the deity itself, the Haiden is one of the most important architectural structures in a shrine.

Those wishing to have special prayers of supplication dedicated before

the kami are requested to apply at the prayer office.