- Does all the Japanese people believe in 8 million god?
- Does the Japanese people believe in the god they worship only or they also believe in the gods they don’t worship?
Does all the Japanese people believe in 8 million god?
But if you consider only monotheistic beliefs as beliefs, then they do not believe.
Does the Japanese people believe in the god they worship only or they also believe in the gods they don’t worship?
The number of Islamic and Christians in Japan is very limited.
However, with the exception of some cults, Japanese society as a whole is tolerant of faith.
In the lecture, I explained that there are as many faiths as there are wishes. In addition to that, it can be said that there are as many faiths as there are fears. Such beliefs are quite different from systematic and dedicated beliefs such as Islam and Christianity.
Therefore, the question “Do you believe only in the god you believe in?” Does not fit the Japanese faith. This is because the “concept of God” and the “way of faith” (believing in various gods for requests and fears) are different.
It may be possible to say that the spirit of “Being precious with harmony” (Prince Shotoku’s “Article 17 Constitution”) is still alive.
神道系：87195 仏教系：84,193 キリスト教系：8,544 その他：33,371
What is the most popular religion in Japan?
I will introduce the number of religious groups from the latest “Religious Yearbook”.
Number of religious groups
Shinto: 87195 Buddhism: 84,193 Christianity: 8,544 Others: 33,371
Number of religious corporations (unit religious corporations = total number of religious corporations minus the number of comprehensive religious corporations)
Shinto: 84,444 Buddhism: 76,887 Christianity: 4,747 Others: 14,069
Number of believers
Shinto: 87,924,087 Buddhism: 83,971,139 Christianity: 1,915,294 Others 7,335,572
Regarding the Japanese religion, I think it is important that people who are considered non-religious still believe in the invisible world.
Moreover, there are shades in people’s beliefs. They range from enthusiastic people to followers with only names.
In many cases, work, property, educational background, family, etc. are the basis of the heart, not a specific religion.
How many temples are there in Japan?
Most of the temples and shrines have acquired the status of religious corporations, so here we would like to use the number of religious corporations as the number of temples and shrines. Therefore, it is actually more than this number.
Number of temples, 76,887
Number of shrines, 84,444
By the way,
Number of police boxes and police boxes: Approximately 14,700
58,133 (March 2022)
There are more than 10 times as many shrines and temples as police boxes and police boxes, and about 3 times as many as convenience stores. You can imagine how many there are.