So I did my research, developed an itinerary, had Sak check it for transportation feasibility, and off we went. Since the itinerary included a fair amount of temples and shrines, I wanted to try collecting goshuin (red seals).
Basically, you can have your goshuincho (red seal book) stamped with the temple/shrine stamp, and then a priest will sign in calligraphy the name of the shrine/temple and the date of your visit.
|The colorful squares are the different shuincho (seal books) we had to choose from at our first temple - Mibu-dera!|
|I picked the sakura design.|
|I think they were supposed to write something on the other side though? Or maybe we were supposed to do that?|
|It's so prettty!|
|The shuincho came with our first shuin! Nice!|
|Sak waiting for his shuincho to be stamped/signed at Fushimi Inari.|
|Fushimi Inari Shrine's shuin|
Though I found it easiest to just look for the last kanji, that looks like an "EP" to my white-girl eyes. Usually if they have a sign somewhere with this kanji (typically with an arrow pointing where to go), the shrine/temple will do shuin. You can ask, or just wave your goshuincho around and they will know what you want.
|One of many different designs from the Enryakuji temple complex|
|Shuin from Kurama-dera, which isn't really a shinto or a buddhist temple. though the character in the lower left (chi?) is my favorite with its cute curly on the end!|
|The fully stamped, non hand-written one, from Tenryu-ji.|
Sak wanted to fill up the whole book by going to random temples we saw, but I was pretty adamant about only getting seals for places that we had researched the history of first. More meaningful that way I think.
|Toyokuni shrine's shuin - Toyotomi Hideyoshi's shrine! Can't get much more steeped in sengoku history than Hideyoshi!|
|Kibitsu Shrine. I love how every shuin has such unique handwriting!|
|From Sanjusangendo temple, a wild style!|
|Sak, waiting again. This was at Toyokuni shrine.|
|From Kibune shrine.|