It’s difficult to visit Japan without tripping over at least a dozen shrines and temples. While most of the Japanese population wouldn’t consider themselves particularly religious, many practice the standard rituals of visiting shrines, saying a prayer, and drawing fortunes. The young go hoping for favorable test scores or new love; others simply wish for good luck and good health.
Either way, they’re worth a visit for the unique architecture and intricate designs. They make for fun photos. And perhaps a visit will bring you good fortune as well. If not, you can always tie it to leave the bad luck behind.