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All of them mean "shrine" or "temple", but what is the difference between all of them ?

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  • There is also a "jingu", 神宮, what about that?
    – queezz
    Commented Jan 10, 2019 at 6:27

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神社 is a generic word for a Shinto shrine.

お宮 is another word for 神社, but a little more respectful.

お寺 is a Buddhist temple.

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    I would say お宮 is more colloquial/casual or even friendly (that does not mean it's less respectful). People sometimes even say お宮さん but never 神社さん.
    – naruto
    Commented Jan 10, 2019 at 2:53

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