There are many temples and shrines in Japan, most Japanese people go to temples and shrines on New Year’s day, when family or friends become sick, and when important business is coming up. Some temples have money offerings that include the following ritual: bow, clap twice and another bow to pray. Japanese temples are quite strict, you must perform misogi, the cleansing of your hands and mouth, before entering the gate of a temple. This is a traditional custom to purify the body and show respect to the gods.
One of the most popular temples is Kiyomizu-dera temple. Located in Kyoto this temple was built at the end of the 8th century. Its name comes from the local waterfall, translating to pure water. The Main hall is a national treasure. There are a number of gift shops and food around the temple to find unique souvenirs and enjoy Kyoto arts, crafts, and tea. The area is rich with nature, in spring, cherry blossoms are in full bloom.