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Dress code for temples?

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Dress code for temples?

We are visiting saihoji and other kyoto temples....what is considered appropriate attire?

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1. Re: Dress code for temples?

There isn't one. At many places, you might need to remove your shoes and that's it.

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2. Re: Dress code for temples?

Not sure you can count on my opinion--I'm an oldish man and my friend complains because I won't wear shorts in the Caribbean, except at the hotel or beach.

As Sammyfloyd says, there is not a dress code for temples. But for Japan in general, I prefer neat casual--collared shirts (can be polo or golf shirts) and slacks for men. For women, modest top and slacks or longish skirt. Nice socks in case you have to take your shoes off in some temples and restaurants.

Here is a discussion: tripadvisor.com/ShowTopic-g294232-i525-k6693…

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3. Re: Dress code for temples?

Unless you are going to the temple for somesort of event (such as a funeral) then there is no general dress code as long as you are not naked. Just spent the scorching summer in places, I can say most folks were not wearing collared shirts at the temple.

Its more how you act, be respective, and quiet and you'll be just fine.

Edited: 10:59 am, September 14, 2013
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4. Re: Dress code for temples?

I always answer, "No, there is no dress code. Wear whatever you like." to this kind of questions.

However, Saihoji is a bit different as you'll be asked to participate in some religious activities like kito (chanting) and shakyo (copying of sutra.) So I recommend not to dress too casually--I'd avoid a low cut top, no sleeve top, short skirts or shorts, etc.

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5. Re: Dress code for temples?

Thanks. Happily ensconced in Ichijoin & reasonable shorts & t-shirt are quite acceptable.

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