Did you know?: There are shrines and temples Japan... Lots of them

Did you know?: There are shrines and temples Japan... Lots of them

by Takahiro Takiguchi
Stripes Japan

With Family Marts located literally across the street from other Family Marts, and a 7-Eleven seemingly on every single street corner, it may be a surprise to know that convenience stores are outnumbered by sanctuaries in Japan. In fact, there are three times as many temples (77,000) and shrines (81,000) combined than there are convenient stores (49,000) in the Land of the Rising Sun.

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