Some scholars suggest we talk about types of Shintō such as popular Shintō, folk Shintō, domestic Shintō, sectarian Shintō, imperial house Shintō, shrine Shintō, state Shintō, new Shintō religions, etc. rather than regard Shintō as a single entity. This approach can be helpful but begs the question of what is meant by 'Shintō' in each case, particularly since each category incorporates or has incorporated Buddhist, Confucian, Taoist, folk religious and other elements.

The actions of priests at the Yasukuni Shrine in Tokyo have generated controversy across East Asia
A fox statue guarding the Inari shrine at Tsurugaoka Hachiman-gū in Kamakura