The Kami shelf

See the amazing diversity of
home altars for yourself!

Enshrines Amaterasu Omikami, Sarutahiko Okami, Inari Okami, and Kuraokami no kami-sama

Konko altar: enshrines Tenchi Kane no Kami-sama, Nokorazu Konjin-sama, Nittenshi-sama, Gattenshi-sama, and ancestral spirits (mitama).

Konko altar: enshrines Tenchi Kane no Kami-sama, Nokorazu Konjin-sama, Nittenshi-sama, Gattenshi-sama, and ancestral spirits (mitama).

Amatsukami Altar - Olivia Bernkastel

Jinja Shinto altar enshrining Amatsukami-sama (the Heavenly kami-sama) Right set: Amaterasu Omikami, Susanoo no Mikoto, Tsukuyomi no Mikoto Middle set: Izanagi Okami, Futsunushi no Kami, Takemikazuchi no Kami, with Ooguchi no Makami outside the shrine doors as a guardian kami Left set: Ame no Uzume no Mikoto, Kasuga Okami, Suwa Daimyojin, with Yatagarasu-sama outside the doors as a guardian kami

Inari altar - Olivia Bernkastel

Enshrines Inari Okami with shrine for byakko (sacred white fox messengers) outside kamidana doors

Enshrines Amaterasu Omikami, Inari Okami and home spirits

Enshrines Tenjin Okami

Enshrines Amaterasu Omikami, Inari Okami, and Tenchi Kane no Kami-sama

Enshrines Izanami-no-mikoto

Enshrines Inari Okami

What Is A Kamidana?

A kamidana ("kami shelf") is an altar for ritual offerings nd greetings/prayer to the kami-sama within one's home. 

Depending on the number of doors, a kamidana may enshrine just one or several kami with an ofuda (blessed paper talisman) or another type of

go-shintai  (sacred object in which kami may reside).

Typical offerings  include water, rice, and salt, followed by sake and sakaki (Cleyera japonica) branches.

Want to add your kamidana to the shelf?
email a photo and short description to contact@digitalshinto.com!