Shrines are major installations in Japan. Whether amidst modern architecture or standing proud in its historical landmarks, shrines are both a local and international destination. And regardless of whether you are Japanese or not, you would know if a place you’ve arrived at is a shrine.
These shrines, such as the Hikawa Shrine in Omiya, are considered scared places in Shintoism, the belief system of Japan. Shinto, which literally translated are the words shin (“spirit”) and tou (“way”), means “Way of the Gods.” Shintoism is never actually referred to as a religion, but a way of life for Japanese people.