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Goshuin Guide

Goshuin is Traditional Japanese Shrine Seal. They are handwritten by monks of a temple and are proof that you have visited a specific temple or shrine. Goshuin is full of symbolic, religious, and historical meanings. Be sure to fully read this guide and see all the scans of the Goshuins I collected so far for a simple goshuin guide!

Anahachimangu Goshuin
Waseda 早稲田
goshuin guide
Anahachimangu Goshuin

Originally, goshuin was given in exchange of a shakyo (sutra), but now, anyone who comes to the temple is able to get one.Regardless of the reason behind why you want to collect goshuin, remember that this seal carries a very deeply rooted spiritual connotation for many devout people, and for the monks and kannushi who write them. Be sure to be respectful, and give your prayers to the temple before or after getting the goshuin.

Goshuin can be collected from many temples and shrines across Japan, but not from all. Buddhist temples and Shinto shrines usually have them, but its always good to make sure to look around for a sign that says 御朱印 or 朱印. If you can’t find it, you can always ask the shrine staff with “goshuin wa arimasu ka?” (“Do you have a goshuin?”) 

In order to start to collect Goshuin, you need to get the book itself, a goshiun-cho. You can get the book for around 1,500 yen at most temples. I got mine from Kōtoku-in, which is where The Great Buddha of Kamakura lives. From there, each stamp will usually take up one page, and cost from 300 – 500 yen.

goshuin-cho Kōtoku-in
御朱印帳
高徳院 御朱印帳
Kamakura 鎌倉
goshuincho
goshuinchou
goshuincho bookcover
goshuin book both sides
Goshuin Guide
My goshuin-cho from Kōtoku-in

I linked a great video I saw on youtube about how to get a Goshuin. Be sure to check it!

The procedure to get and create a goshuin is the same in each temple or shrine, but each temple and shrine will have a different goshuin and a different style. This can even vary with the person writing, as different people have different styles.

The name of the temple, as well as the date of your visit, will be written, as well as stamps and symbols. Some locations even offer multiple goshuin, and you can choose the one you like, or you could have them all added to your collection.

The goshuinchō is therefore a book designed to collect these important seals, which should not be placed just anywhere. As explained earlier, pilgrims would collect the seals as evidence of their devoutness and piety, but there was an ulterior reason. The idea was that they would carry their goshuinchō to the afterlife to prove to the deity they would encounter that they had led a righteous life in the eyes of the god.

Nowadays you’re not required to, but in the past, you could receive a goshuin only after praying. If you want to experience the full tradition and meaning behind earning a sacred seal (or maybe just to impress some bystanders and monks) you could ask where and when the next worshipping service will take place.

Kōtoku-in Goshuin
高徳院 御朱印
Kamakura 鎌倉
goshuin guide
Kōtoku-in Goshuin
Hasedera Temple Goshuin
長谷寺 御朱印
Kamakura 鎌倉
Hasedera Temple Goshuin
Yasukuni Jinja Goshuin
靖國神社 御朱印
goshuin guide
Yasukuni Jinja Goshuin
Todaiji Goshuin
東大寺 御朱印
kyoto 京都
Todaiji Goshuin
Iwashimizu-Hachimangu Goshuin
石清水八幡宮 御朱印
kyoto 京都
Iwashimizu Hachimangu Goshuin
Nigatsu-do, Todaiji, Nara Goshuin
二月堂 御朱印 
奈良 東大寺
Nigatsu-do Goshuin
春日大社 御朱印
Kasuga-taisha Goshuin 
Nara 奈良 東大寺
Kasugataisha Goshuin
Itsukushima shrine  Goshuin
厳島神社 御朱印
宮島
Itsukushima shrine
 Hie Shrine Goshuin
日枝神社 御朱印
Hie Shrine Goshuin
Meiji Jingu Shrine Goshuin  
明治神宮 御朱印
Harajuku Temple
Meiji Jingu Goshuin
Sensoji asakusa Goshuin
浅草寺 御朱印
Asakusa Kannon Temple
Sensoji Goshuin
Nezu Shrine goshuin
根津神社 御朱印
Nezu Shrine Goshuin
Kainan Jinja Shrine Goshuin 
海南神社 御朱印
Kainan Jinja Shrine Goshuin
Tōgō-jinja Goshuin 
東郷神社 御朱印
Togo Shrine Goshuin
Tsurugaoka Hachimangū Goshuin
鶴岡八幡宮 御朱印
Tsurugaoka Hachimangū goshuin
Tsurugaoka Hachimangū Goshuin
鶴岡八幡宮 御朱印
Hataage benzaitensha goshuin
Hokokuji Temple Goshuin
報国寺 鎌倉 御朱印
Hokokuji Temple Goshuin
Arakura Fuji Sengen Shrine Goshuin
アラクら富士浅間神社 御朱印
Arakura Fuji Sengen Shrine Goshuin
Fujiyoshida Sengen Shrine Goshuin
北口本宮冨士浅間神社 御朱印
Fujiyoshida Sengen Shrine
Sanada Shrine | 真田神社
Goshuin 御朱印
Sanada Shrine Goshuin
Anahachimangu Goshuin
穴八幡宮 御朱印
Ana hachimangu Goshuin
Anahachimangu Goshuin
Zenkoji Goshuin
善光寺 御朱印
Zenkoji Goshuin

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