Goshuincho

Have you ever been to a Japanese shrine or temple?

If you’ve been there before, you probably paid for the visit, offered some money and walked around the precinct.

 

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Meiji shrine in Tokyo

credit : ©Yasufumi Nishi/©JNTO

 

We can see some carps swimming in the pond. Enjoy seasonal Japanese flowers like cherry blossoms and Japanese plums in the spring and colorful leaves in autumn.

If your timing is good, you can watch some regional festivals or the preparation.

Is that all to enjoy visiting shrines or temples?

Really?

No, not really.

 

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Collecting Goshuin is also a very fun activity

 

“Goshuin” is a stamp you can get at shrines and temples. Every temple and shrine has different “Goshuin”

 

And to start collecting “Goshuin”, you need “Goshuin-cho “.

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Collection book

 

 

In these days,  “Goshuin-cho” have a wide variety.

(Mine is a simple red one but there are some “Goshuin-cho” designed with colorful stripes or Hello-kitty! My 2nd “Goshuin-cho ” will be a Hello-kitty designed one!! lol)

 

It started as a kind of ascertainment to paying a tribute to shrines / temples.

The options at the beginning are divided, before the developing of print technology, paying “Shaky ” ( hand written Buddhist scriptures ) to shrines / temples was an important way to pray to God.

 

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praying at the shrine

 

Simple how-to guide

 

After paying a visit and making a wish, you will see a signboard that will show you where to get “Goshuin”. Typically there is a”Goshuin” counter at every shrine. Show your “Goshuin-cho” and choose which “Goshuin” to get.

Pay for it and wait.

The person in charge will write the shrine/temple name and visiting date with sumi ( cake ink used in Shodo in Japan ) and put a red stamp on it.

 

This is “GOSHUIN”!! Let’s take a look at my collection, shall we?

 

①BYODOIN

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The temple which is depicted on the backside of 10 JPY coin. There is a pond in front of the temple, so you can see the temple on the lake surface.

 

 

②UJI-shrine

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Japanese traditional shrine. it’s not gorgeous but it has a flavor of aesthetic

 

③FUSHIMIINARI-shrine

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There are many red torii-gate. maybe you have seen it in a picture book or movie. Once you visit this shrine, you will be captivated by its fantasy.

 

④KIYOMIZU-temple

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One of the most famous temples in Kyoto. There are not only temples in the perimeter but also large Japanese gardens which you can spend quality time in. Also, Jishu-shrine is located nearby too. This shrine is for those who look for good fortune in Love.

 

⑤GINKAKUJI-temple

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I love this temple the most in Kyoto. We can feel the aesthetic. And we can see the cityscape from the mountain in Ginkaku-temple. There are some places which is covered by moss, sand gardens to greet us, beautiful gardens with tidy hedges….. I can’t tell you everything about Ginkaku-temple here!! Please go!!! You WILL love it!!

 

 

⑥KINKAKUJI-temple

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This temple is gorgeous. The temple’s pavilion surface is overlaid with gold leaf!.

 

While you wait, you can enjoy the silence and the smell of ink which will make you feel calm.

Why not collect “Goshuin” on your own “Goshuin-cho” ?

“Goshuin-cho” would make you a master of Japan travel!

For those who don’t use kanji, you might not understand the meaning of it but just by the look, I think it’s pretty awesome.

 

I found a “Goshuin” in Hawaii with the signature ALOHA, pretty cool right?

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【ACCESS from Kyoto Sta.】

 

①BYODOIN

take JR Nara line and get off at Uji Sta. or take Keihan train and get off at Keihan Uji Sta. about 15min walk will bring you to BYODOIN.

 

②UJI-shrine

take JR Nara line and get off at Uji Sta. or take Keihan train and get off at Keihan Uji Sta.

about 20min walk will bring you to UJI-shrine

*UJI-shirine is very near to BYODOIN. Why not go there with BYODOIN?

 

③FUSHIMIINARI-shrine

take JR Nara line and get off at Inari Sta. Fushimiinari-shirine is in front of the station

 

④KIYOMIZU-temple

take city bus (#100 or #206) or Kyoto bus (#18) from the Kyoto Sta. bus terminal to Gojyo-zaka. And about 20 min walk (the route is a gentle slope, but there are many souvenir shops along the street)

 

⑤GINKAKU-temple

take city bus (#100 or 5 or 17) or Kyoto bus (#18 or #51) from Kyoto Sta. bus terminal to Ginkakuji-michi or Ginkakuji-mae. ( Ginkakuji-mae is more near to Ginkakuji ) and walk through the approach

 

⑥KINKAKU-temple

take city bus (#101 or 205) from Kyoto Sta. bus terminal to Kinkakuji-mae or Kinkakuji-michi and walk about 5 min

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One thought on “Goshuincho

  1. Hey, great post. Can you tell me what should be written on the small piece of paper on the cover of the book? My shuincho has that paper but the monk did not write anything on it at the temple I have bought it.

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