Bureau of Shrines and Temples (社寺局)

Bureau of Shrines and Temples was one of the bureaus of the Meiji government.

The bureau took charge of all administrations relating to religions, including shrines and temples, and new religions such as Tenrikyo and Kurozumikyo.

In 1877 after Kyobusho (Ministry of Religion) was discontinued, the bureau came under the jurisdiction of the prewar Ministry of Home Affairs (Japan).

In April 1900, the bureau was divided into Bureau of Shinto Shrines and Bureau of Religions. Temples, Christianity, and new religions were placed under the control of the Bureau of Religions.

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