Projects overview
Americas projects
Asia projects
China projects
Education and water
Faith in food
Faiths for Green Africa
Green pilgrimage network
Pilgrim numbers
GPN-India Chapter
GPN newsletters
Women pilgrims
7 Stages of Pilgrimage
Green Guide to Hajj
Handbooks & Leaflets
GPN launch
Pilgrimage theologies
Green resources
Greener Festivals
GPN membership list
GPN best practice
Greening faith buildings
Swifts as symbols
Living churchyards
Long-term plans
Major ARC events
Religious forests
Sacred gifts
Sacred land
Other projects
ARC Home > Projects > Green pilgrimage network :
Green pilgrimage network | Amritsar | Assisi | Bethlehem | Canterbury | Etchmiadzin | Haifa | Houzhenzi | Iona | Jinja Honcho | Jordan River | Kano | Louguan | Luss | Maoshan | Matale | Mexico City | Nanded | Norwich | Puri | Rajaji Park | Ranthambore | Rishikesh | St. Albans | St Pishoy | Santiago de Compostela | Trondheim | Vadstena | Ujjain | Varanasi | Ziyang

Jinja Honcho, Japan

This page has not been updated since June 2014. 

Princess Michael of Kent, Rev Katsuji Iwahashi, Shinto priest and chief of the International Section of Jinja Honcho (the Association of Shinto Shrines) in Japan, and Rev Yuko Ishii, Shinto priest at a ceremony in Assisi, Italy, marking Jinja Honcho becoming a founder member of the Green Pilgrimage Network.

The Association of Shinto Shrines of Japan

Rev Katsuji Iwahashi Chief of International Section, Jinjia Honcho, addressing the Sacred Land conference of the Green Pilgrimage Network in Assisi, Italy 2011.
A founding member of the Green Pilgrimage Network

Jinja Honcho is one of nine cities and 22 different organisations and faiths that joined as founding members of the Green Pilgrimage Network, launched at Assisi, Italy, during ARC's Sacred Land Celebration, October 31-Nov 2, 2011. The founder members from Jinja Honcho are:

Jinja Honcho, the Association of Shinto shrines in Japan, responsible for around 80,000 shrines including many in forests that are the dwelling places of kami deities, is one of the founder members of the Green Pilgrimage Network, launched in November 2011.
  • Jinja Honcho, the Association of Shinto Shrines of Japan
  • Jinja Honcho, the Association of Shinto Shrines of Japan, has eighty thousand shrines, many in sacred forests. The main focus of their commitment today is in the preservation of the sacred woods and forests, and respect to the sacred mountains that pilgrims visit on their way to the main shrines.

    In 2014 the Jinja Honcho will host an international meeting at the Grand Shrines of Ise on religion and conservation -focusing on forests. Jinja Honcho is also working to support the protection of sacred forests and mountains worldwide, working with ARC and many faith groups to ensure that these ancient forests – so vital for conservation – are protected and managed well.

    Useful links

    Download the full Green Pilgrimage Network handbook here

    Visit the Jinja Honcho website here

    < to previous page to top of page to next page >
    ARC site map

    Related information

    Shinto Forestry
    It is the forests, and not the buildings, that mark the true shrines of Shintoism. The deities are invited to these forests, where they and their environment are protected by the local community, which in turn is protected by the deities.
    ARC and the Faiths
    Faith communities are working in countless ways to care for the environment. This section outlines the basics of each faith’s history, beliefs and teachings on ecology.
    ARC at a glance
    ARC is a secular body that helps the major religions of the world to develop their own environmental programmes, based on their own core teachings, beliefs and practices.