To ward off evil spirits.
First, in front of the gate bow once facing the Main Hall.
To purify oneself.
This is a place to wash one’s hands and mouth, as well as putting on the wagesa and juzu.
Rung to mark one’s arrival.
Ring the bell upon arrival. It is considered bad luck to ring when leaving. Some temples have limited hours for ringing the bell. Please adhere to such a rule.
The main deity can be seen here.
First, light incense and a candle. Ring the bell once and declare to the main deity that you have come to worship. Place the name-slip (osame-fuda) and copied sutra (shakyo) in the box. Place a donation in the offertory box, put your hands together and recite the sutras. At the Main Hall, it is common to begin reciting in order the Heart Sutra, then continue with the Gohonzon Shingon and Goho go sutras. However, it is all right to pray silently. Later on, you might start reciting the sutras when you get used to hearing them. In the 5th Century before Buddhism was brought to Japan, a Chinese high priest, Hsuan Chuang, visited India and received the Heart Sutra (Hannya Shingyo) which is used in Japan now. Chuang Selected Chinese characters which have the same sound as the original Sanskrit, so it is said that in Japan, the Hannya Shingyo is an all-encompassing sutra that gives no regard to the religious affiliation of the person reciting it.
A figure of Kobo Daishi can be seen here.
Worship in the same way as at the Main Hall.
Receive the temple stamp in your stampbook (for a fee)
Face the Main gate and bow once.