Of Japan's two great religious traditions, Shinto is far less known and understood in the West. Although there are a number
of books that explain the religion and its philosophy, this work is the first in English to focus on sites where Shinto has
been practised since the dawn of Japanese history. In an extensive introductory section, authors Joseph Cali and John Dougill
delve into the fascinating aspects of Shinto, clarifying its relationship with Buddhism as well as its customs, symbolism,
and pilgrimage routes. This is followed by a fully illustrated guide to 57 major Shinto shrines throughout Japan, many of
which have been designated World Heritage Sites or National Treasures. In each comprehensive entry, the authors highlight
important spiritual and physical features of the individual shrines (architecture, design, and art), associated festivals,
and enshrined gods. They note the prayers offered and, for travellers, the best times to visit. With over 125 colour photographs
and 50 detailed illustrations of archetypical Shinto objects and shrines, this volume will enthral not only those interested
in religion but also armchair travellers and visitors to Japan alike.
Whether you are planning to visit the actual
sites or take a virtual journey, this guide is the perfect companion.