A lot of Japanese people visit Shinto shrines or Buddhism temples in New Year’s holiday to make their wishes of health and happiness. I paid a visit to a local shrine and tossed saisen money (100 yen, $0.96 €0.70).
The following table shows the number of visitors who visited shrines/temples in New Year holiday of 2013. Meiji Shrine is the most popular shrine in terms of "our first visit of the year to a shrine" in Japan.
|Shrine/temple||Shrine/temple||Located in||Visitors (million)|
|明治神宮||Meiji Shrine||Tokyo, Harajuku||3.13|
|成田山新勝寺||Narita-san Shinsho-ji Temple||Chiba, Narita||3.00|
|川崎大師||Kawasaki Daishi Temple||Kawasaki||2.98|
|浅草寺||Senso-ji Temple||Tokyo, Asakusa||2.81|
|伏見稲荷大社||Fushimi Inari Taisha Shrine||Kyoto||2.70|
|鶴岡八幡宮||Tsurugaoka Hachimangu Shrine||Kamakura||2.55|
|住吉大社||Sumiyoshi Taisha Shrine||Osaka||2.35|
|太宰府天満宮||Dazaifu Shrine||Fukuoka, Dazaifu||2.00|
Source is Mapple Kanko Guide.