Collect Seals GOSHUIN 御朱印 of Shrines and Temples in Japan

Goshuincho 御朱印帳Culture

Goshuincho 御朱印帳
When you keep visiting shrines and temples in Japan many times to collect their seals in an accordion book as shown the above will become into your treasure which is mysterious and artistic book like ancient manuscripts.

Goshuin 御朱印 is a seal that is historically given if you wrote and submitted sutra copies at a shrine or a temple a long time ago, but after some time, instead of performing the ritual you can donate... actually buy the seal at many shrines and temples.

Each shrine or temple has their unique seal.
Goshuin 御朱印 金刀比羅宮


(in Japanese)

Goshuin 御朱印 Sugimoto-Shrine 椙本神社

いの大国さま 公式ホームページ

Goshuin 御朱印 元乃隅稲成神社
You can choose from 5 colors below.
Goshuin 御朱印 元乃隅稲成神社

Motonosumi Shrine | Visit Nagato, Japan
Motonosumi Shrine was selected by CNN Travel as one of the "31 Most Beautiful Places in Japan." The shrine's remarkable location makes for a striking contrast b...

Goshuin 御朱印 東大寺別院 阿弥陀寺

Goshuin 御朱印 東大寺別院 阿弥陀寺

東大寺別院阿弥陀寺 - たびたびほうふ 〜 山口県防府市の観光情報ポータル

(Japanese websites)

Goshuin 御朱印 - Zentsuji Temple 善通寺, Shiromineji Temple 白峯寺

総本山善通寺 – 四国霊場第75番札所 弘法大師空海の御誕生地 善通寺へようこそ。

(in Japanese)

First, you need to buy the accordion book called Goshuin-cho 御朱印帳 in Japanese.
You can get it at many shrines, temples and stationery shops. There are many kinds of cover designs, and usually around 1500 yen.

Goshuincho 御朱印帳 金刀比羅宮
Goshuin-cho of Kotohira-gu Shrine 金刀比羅宮
Goshuincho 御朱印帳 金刀比羅宮

Goshuincho 御朱印帳 金刀比羅宮

Find a place Goshuin-jo 御朱印所 that appears to be a souvenir shop, reception or office.
At the place, you can say
Goshuin onegaishimasu 御朱印、お願いします。
(Can I have goshuin, please?)
Then, pay the seal fee. Usually it is about 300 yen.

Goshuin 御朱印
It looks good!

You can decorate your room with a Japanese atmosphere by using the book Goshuin-cho 御朱印帳.

In Tokyo, this shrine is good for sightseeing.

Mt. Mitake 御岳山 and Musashi Mitake-jinja Shrine 武蔵御嶽神社 in Tokyo 東京
Mt. Mitake 御岳山 (929m, 3047ft) is really popular sightseeing and hiking place in Tokyo. I have been there a few times. It is called Mitakesan in Japanese. Hiking to Mt. Mitake is easy if you use bus and cable car from the bottom of the mountain.

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