We Japanese visit to a shrine or temple at start of a year.
This custom is called “初詣 (hatsumode)”.
We thank God or Buddha for what went well at last year.
What is Hatsumode
Hatsumode is an event to pray for safety and peace for the year by visiting a shrine or temple （a Shinto shrine or Buddhist temple）, or church for the first time since the start of a new year.
This is called hatsumode, the first visit to a shrine.
Hatsumode is considered to have become a common practice not so long ago but during the middle of the Meiji period.
The first visit to a shrine or temple at New Years’ is not done for religious reasons, but rather to pray for things such as health for ones’ family and prosperity in business.
For japanese peope,Hatsumode is alittle festival.
There are shrines where many stalls line up and sake and food are sold.
The rule of Hatsumode
There is no special definition for hatsumode.
Generally, hatsumode refers to the visit made during the first three days of the New Year, but it is also said that there is no special problem if the visit is made sometime in January.
It is said that the target of hatsumode can be either a Shinto shrine or Buddhist temple.
The look of Hatsumode
Popular spot of Hatsumode
1:Meiji jingu （明治神宮）
Number of visitors：3.17million
●LocationTokyo / 1-1 Yoyogisami-ga Town, Shibuya-ku, Tokyo
Number of visitors：3.09million
●Location：Chiba / Narita 1, Narita-shi, Chiba-ken
Number of visitors：3.07million
Location：Kanagawa / 4-48 Osamu-cho Kawasaki-ku, Kawasaki-shi, Kanagawa
Number of visitors：2.91million
●Location：Tokyo /2-3-1 Asakusa, Taito-ku, Tokyo
Number of visitors：2.50million
●Location：Kanagawa /2-1-31,Yukinoshita, Kamakura-shi Kanagawa
If you visit Japan in January, please go to Hatsumode. See you!