Goshu-in (Japanese Shrine Stamp)

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Everyone who visits Japan will inevitably visit some famous temple or shrine, snap a few pictures and be done with it. But your visit can be made more memorable if you collect Goshu-in, unique stamps that each shrine or temple makes for visitors. You’ll need a special book which opens accordion style, which you will hand over to a monk with a small fee (best done when you enter so you can pick it up on the way out) who will stamp a page in the book with the unique red seal. The best part is the beautiful calligraphy the monk adds over the top of the stamp with the date, the name of the shrine, and some other interesting information.

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