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Hokora or hokura (祠 or 神庫) is a small Shinto shrine. Sometimes they are built near larger shrines. Other times they are built near streets. Sometimes they are built to host minor kami who protect travelers.
The term hokora is an old word for Shinto shrine, it came from hokura (神庫), literally meaning "kami repository". This means the first shrines may have been huts to house yorishiro. [note 1]