Religious Institutions

The ancient religion of Japan is Shinto, but many religions are co-existing in Japan, including religions from other countries such as Buddhism (which has a large number of sects in Japan), Christianity (including Catholics, Protestants, Mormons, and others), and newer religions. For the majority of Japanese people, religion plays an important role in formal ceremonies such as weddings, funerals, and rites for warding off misfortune.
Although many shrines and temples throughout Japan have become well-known tourist sites, large cities are studded with numerous shrines and temples, large or small. In addition, in many cities in Japan there are Catholic churches that conduct Sunday services and other activities. To find out about the location of churches and their activities, interested persons should click on the information link. For information about other religious facilities, persons should contact relevant embassies or consulates in Japan.

Embassies and Consulates in Japan