AboutWhat is a Goshuin?
At many temples and Shinto shrines in Japan, worshippers and visitors can receive a seal stamp or the impression of a seal, called a goshuin. It is believed that a goshuin itself contains the spirit of the "kamisama," or god; this is why goshuin are cherished and considered very sacred. Even today, as proof of a visit, goshuin can be received by making a request with the shrine or temple. Even on Iki, there are a number of shrines where you can receive goshuin. They serve as a reminder of the connections you have made with the places you have been.
MannersEtiquette when visiting a shrine
Goshuin ChoIki Goshuincho (seal stamp book)
On Iki there are more than 150 shrines that are registered with the official Association of Shinto Shrines. There are also many “power spots” in this rich natural environment. So that you may go around and visit many of the shrines on Iki, we sell an original Iki goshuincho, a book where you can collect all of the goshuin from Iki’s shrines. If you collect 7 or more goshuin from around the island and go to the Ikikoku Museum, you can receive a special stamp there. We hope you enjoy your time exploring Iki, the “island of the gods”.
Iki Original Goshuincho
Locations where you can purchase: Gonoura port, Ashibe port, Indoji port (sold at the Tourism information center)
Important points to note
regarding Iki goshuin
There are times when the priests are not available because of Kagura and other Shinto events and festivals. There are also some priests who are in charge of several shrines, so depending on the time it may be difficult for them to write in your goshuincho directly.
We recommend that you call in advance to arrange a time to meet with the priests, but there are also some shrines that have prepared pre-written goshuin that you can purchase even if no one is there. For more details about each shrine, please check the Iki Shinto Shrines page.
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Shrines that offer goshuin
There are 19 shrines on Iki where you can receive goshuin. Please check the Iki Shinto Shrines page for more details about how to reserve an appointment for each shrine.