A popular religion in Japan was Buddhism. Buddhism came from Korea, while most people also followed Shinto for daily life and Buddhism for spiritual life.
I am praying to the river Kami so I can get water to my crops
There are many sects of Buddhism, like Pure Land Buddhism. Many people worship Buddhism for its happy messages. They believe in a god called Amida who founded a paradise in the clouds.
Most shrines were in the woods and you can still find them today
Another sect of Buddhism is Zen Buddhism. Zen Buddhism uses meditation and martial arts to take better control of there spiritual mind and spiritual body.
I still practice Shinto in 2020
While people were practicing Buddhism for when they die. People also practiced Shinto. The Shinto religion thought that all natural things (mountains,river,trees) all have spirits. this idea is called animism.
When people needed help they called onto Kami. Which are the different spirits that they worship. Japanese people would make shrines for the Kami.
The word Shinto means "way of the spirits" and many Japanese still worship Shinto today. Followers today believe that Kami will only help people who are pure.