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This article is about the building in Age of Empires III. For the building in Age of Mythology, see Shrine (Age of Mythology).

Generates a tiny amount of resources. Configure it to produce different things. Attract nearby animals for bonus production. Supports 10 population.
—In-game description

The Shrine is a civilian/economic building in Age of Empires III: The Asian Dynasties that is unique to the Japanese. It acts like a House by providing 10 population, but also generate 0.133 food, 0.095 wood, or 0.095 coin per second; the Seven Lucky Gods Home City Card allows Shrines to generate 0.323 XP per second. All Shrines must produce the same resource – changing the resource trickle on one Shrine will change the production on all Shrines.

The Shrine will also attract up to four animals into it to increase its resource trickle rate, compensating the fact that Japanese Villagers cannot gather food from animals. Small game like Deer has the least effect (+0.07 resources/s), large game like Bison increases the trickle rate more than small game, and Herdable animals like Cows have the most effect (+0.11 resources/s). The rates gathered by animals at Shrines are not affected by the Toshogu Shrine Wonder, Heavenly Kami Home City card, or Tempo Reforms technology. Shrines without nearby animals will give a very slow trickle, so it is wise to fill them with herdable animals as well as building them near flocks of huntable animals, as long as the player can protect the Shrines from enemies.

The Toshogu Shrine wonder increases the resource trickle rate of all Shrines and also acts as two Shrines in terms of supporting 20 population, attracting up to 8 animals, and having approximately the same trickle rate as two Shrines.


Age Technology Cost Effect
Age IV tech tree aoe 3
Tempo Reforms Tempo Reforms 500 food
500 wood
500 coin
Shrines and the Toshogu Shrine generate +350% food, +300% wood, +300% coin

Further statistics[]

As Shrines are unique to the Japanese, only technologies that they have access to are shown in the following table:

Building strengths and weaknesses
Strong vs. Nothing
Weak vs. Everything
Hit points Flying Buttress Flying Buttress (+20%)
Resource generation Tempo Reforms Tempo Reforms (+350% food, +300% wood, +300% coin)
Construction cost Cree Textile Craftsmanship Cree Textile Craftsmanship (-10%)
Tupi Forest Burning Tupi Forest Burning (-20% wood)

Home City Cards[]

As Shrines are unique to the Japanese, only their cards and other civilizations' TEAM cards are shown in the following tables:

Click for a list of Home City Cards related to the Shrine
Some cards are highlighted with:
Green TEAM Shipment that is sent to each player in a team
Red Shipment that can be sent twice


Card Description Age HC level
British Home City 3 (Fast-building Houses) TEAM House of Tudor House, Manor House, Longhouse, Shrine, and Village build time -90%
Age I tech tree aoe3


Card Description Age HC level
Team provincial administration TEAM Provincial Administration Houses and Longhouses get +50% hit points; Villages, Shrines, and Manor Houses get +33% hit points; all of them supports +10 population
Age I tech tree aoe3


Card Description Age HC level
Team improved buildings TEAM Improved Buildings Buildings get +25% hit points
Age II tech tree aoe3


Card Description Age HC level
Japanese Home City 3 (Azekura) Azekura Ships 4 Shrine Wagons and improves their gather rate by 5%; enables shrines to slowly repair themselves
Age II tech tree aoe3
Heavenly kami Heavenly Kami Shrines cost -25% and (including the Toshogu Shrine) generate +50% resources
Age I tech tree aoe3
Seven lucky gods Seven Lucky Gods Shrines and the Toshogu Shrine can generate XP and Shrine build bounty +50%
Age II tech tree aoe3
Spanish Home City 3 (Improved Buildings) Improved Buildings Buildings get +40% hit points
Age I tech tree aoe3
Land reforms Land Reforms Villagers and Rickshaws build buildings 50% faster and buildings' build bounty doubled
Age II tech tree aoe3


3ADIcon48px The Asian Dynasties[]

  • Shrines cost 125 wood and give 25 XP when built and 50 XP when destroyed.
  • Shrines have 1,600 hit points.

Age3DE Icon Definitive Edition[]

  • Shrines cost 120 wood and give 24 XP when built and 48 XP when destroyed. This change was reversed in a later patch.

Age3DE Icon The African Royals[]

Age3DE Icon Knights of the Mediterranean[]


A Japanese Shinto shrine and the surrounding natural area are called a jinja, and its sole purpose is for the enshrinement and worship of a kami, a god within a natural object, such as the trees or the sun. It is believed that jinja were originally constructed as temporary shrines for periodical festivals held at holy sites, such as on a mountain or near a cave. It was believed that kami migrated from place to place and could not be confined.

A jinja has several parts. The honden is the building that contains the goshintai, which literally means, "the sacred body of the kami." It is usually small and undecorated and only accessible to the Shinto devout. The torii gates serve as the scared entrance to the jinja space, and are perhaps the most recognizable feature.


Buildings in Age of Empires III
Dock aoe3de Dock · House indian aoe3de House · Livestock pen aoe3de Livestock Pen · Market icon aoe3de Market · Native embassy DE icon Native Embassy · Stables aoe3de Stable · Towncenter aoe3de Town Center · Trading post african aoe3de Trading Post · Wall aoe3de Wall
EuropeansArsenal aoe3de Arsenal · Artillery depot aoe3de Artillery Foundry · Barracks aoe3de Barracks · Capitol aoe3de Capitol · Church aoe3de Church · Plantation aoe3de Estate (formerly Plantation) · Fort aoe3de Fort · Mill aoe3de Mill · Outpost aoe3de Outpost · Tavern icon de Tavern
Native AmericansCommunity plaza aoe3de Community Plaza (formerly Fire Pit) · Corral aoe3de Corral · Plantation aoe3de Estate (formerly Plantation) · Farm aoe3de Farm · Tribal marketplace icon Tribal Marketplace · War hut aoe3de War Hut
AsiansJapan barracks aoe3de Barracks · Japan castle aoe3de Castle · Consulate icon aoe3de Consulate · Monastery aoe3de Monastery · China rice paddy icon aoe3de Rice Paddy · Advanced wonders Wonder
Federal AmericansArsenal aoe3de Arsenal · Artillery depot aoe3de Artillery Foundry · Barracks aoe3de Barracks · Capitol aoe3de Capitol · Plantation aoe3de Estate · Fort aoe3de Fort · Mill aoe3de Mill · Outpost aoe3de Outpost · Saloon aoe3de Saloon
AfricansArsenal aoe3de Arsenal · Field portrait aoe3de Field · Granary portrait aoe3de Granary · Hut portrait aoe3de Hut · Livestock market aoe3de Livestock Market · Palace portrait aoe3de Palace · Port portrait aoe3de Port · War camp aoe3de portrait War Camp · Watch tower aoe3de portrait Watch Tower
Flag BritishDE BritishHouse aoe3de Manor House
Flag DutchDE DutchBank aoe3de Bank
Flag GermanDE GermansMercenary camp portrait Mercenary Camp
Flag OttomanDE OttomansChurch aoe3de Mosque
Flag RussianDE RussiansBlockhouse aoe3de Blockhouse
Flag AztecDE AztecsNobles aoe3de Nobles' Hut
Flag IroquoisDE HaudenosauneeIro house icon Longhouse · Artillery depot aoe3de Siege Workshop
Flag SiouxDE LakotaTeepee icon DE Teepee
Flag ChineseDE ChineseChinese village aoe3de Village · China waracademy aoe3de War Academy
Flag IndianDE IndiansCaravanseraiDE Caravanserai · MangoGroveDE Mango Grove · SacredFieldDE Sacred Field
Flag JapaneseDE JapaneseCherry orchard portrait aoe3de Cherry Orchard · Dojo aoe3de Dojo · Shrine aoe3de Shrine
Flag IncanDE IncaInca kallanka Kallanka · Inca kancha house Kancha House · Inca stronghold Stronghold · Inca tambo Tambo
Flag SwedishDE SwedesSwedish torp Torp
Flag American act3 aoe3de United StatesMeeting house aoe3de icon Meeting House · State capitol aoe3de icon State Capitol
Flag Ethiopian aoe3de EthiopiansMountain monastery portrait aoe3de Mountain Monastery
Flag Hausa HausaUniversity portrait University
Flag MexicanDE MexicansCathedral portrait Cathedral · Hacienda portrait Hacienda
Flag ItalianDE ItaliansBasilica portrait Basilica · Lombard portrait Lombard
Flag MalteseDE MalteseCommandery portrait Commandery · Depot portrait Depot · Fixed gun portrait aoe3de Fixed Gun · Hospital portrait Hospital
Aztec temple portrait American Citadel (formerly Maya Castle) · Athos monastery portrait Athos Monastery · Battery tower portrait Battery Tower · Factory aoe3de Factory · Field hospital aoe3de Field Hospital · Regent's Castle aoe3de Regent's Castle
Scenario Editor/campaign only
Cherokee Warhut Portrait Cherokee War Hut · Wall aoe3de Command Post · Fixed gun portrait aoe3de Fixed Gun · Fort Tower icon AoE3DE Fort Tower · Gunpowder Stores icon AoE3DE Gunpowder Stores · Ossuary AoE3DE Ossuary · Fountain Youth Portrait The Fountain of Youth · Tower aoe3de Tower