Many Japanese people visit a shrine during the first three days of January
in order to make traditional New Year's wishes for health and happiness.
Some people take OMIKUJI there, a kind of fortune telling paper.
It is also common to visit a shrine at midnight on New Year's Eve, 31st December, because you can listen to a bell ringing to announce the New Year, and also makea wish as soon as the date is changed to 1st January next year.
In a large shrine, there are lots of stalls for foods, drinks and charms,