Thursday, 2nd January 2014
In General Japan News,
Shrines see surge in female visitors
Shrines throughout Japan have noted an uptick in the number of young female visitors over the past few years, it has been reported, with many even starting women-only tours of their hallowed halls.
According to the Japan News, large-scale restorations and repairs at major shrines are the cause of the surge, which has sparked a number of clubs catering to ladies who want to visit religious places of worship.
The Jinja Garuzu Kenkyukai organisation, for example, has around 50 female members aged between 20 and 60, and organises visits to temples in the Shimane and Tottori prefectures.
Such excursions have become popular, with the Hato Bus Company stating its ladies-only tours usually reach full capacity.
Japanese shrines are a privilege and a pleasure for anyone to visit, both females and males, and tourists should make an effort to see as many as possible while in the country.
Tokyo's Meiji shrine, Kyoto's Kinkaku-ji and the temples of Nikko in particular are a joy to visit [rep] and provide a varied and exciting experience between them.
Written by Mark Smith
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