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Temples and Shrines

Islands and gods

Pagodas, pavilions, monasteries, Buddhist temples, Shinto shrines and altars paint the landscapes of Japan.

Whatever the beliefs, places of worship coexist in the land of myriad deities. And nothing could make this easier to understand than the common saying: "Japanese are born Shinto and die Buddhist."

In a syncretism of beliefs, Buddhist and Shinto gods meet. Buddhist temples sometimes have Shinto symbols. The Japanese see the Buddha as the protecter of the kami (Shinto gods). There is not a single Japanese Buddhism or Shinto but a sum of schools, rituals and traditions.