The most popular spot for Hatsumoude is Meiji Shrine in Tokyo. According to Mapple.net, a mind-boggling figure of 3.2 million people swamped to Meiji Shrine for the first 3 days of 2010.
3.2 million people! (image from mapple.net)
And me? I think the gods are the same everywhere, up in the sky and watching over everyone with their benevolent eyes. So I went to this little shrine near my place for my Hatsumoude.
Quaint little shrine.
Hands have to be cleansed before paying respect to the gods.
I will have a good year of 2011!