TWO Simple clues to distinguish between shrine and temple of Japan

I have seen that most of the foreigners are confused about the shrines and temples of Japan. Even those staying in Japan for many years are sometimes unable to distinguish between these two different worship places of Japan.
Shinto is the Japanese religion which worships the ancestors. All the shrines of Japan belong to the Shinto religion. Many other gods are also enshrined in these shrines.  Buddhism came to Japan all the way from India crossing many other nations in between. Temples of Japan are Buddhist worship places. This is a small list of some simple and visible differences between Shinto shrines and Buddhist temples.

1. Distinguish with the ‘Name’
The name of Japanese worship places is the first and foremost tip to distinguish between them. Most of the shrines are named as ‘Jinja‘ (eg. Ogata Jinja), Taisha(eg. Fushimi Inari Taisha) and so on while the Buddhist temple name ends in ‘Ji (eg. Todaiji).

Fushimi Inari Taisha, Kyoto

2. Entrance Gate give you the very first clue
Even if you happen to reach a Japanese worship place without knowing the name, the entrance gate helps you to identify the type of worship place. For a shrine, the entrance gate is called Torii. It will be a simple wooden structure, either plain or painted in red or vermillion colours or it will be a plain wooden structure. Some shrines have lots of such torii gates leading to the main worship area. Two lion dog (Komainu) statues will be present on both sides of the gate who are the guard lions. In Inari shrines, you can see fox guards instead of lion dogs.

From Korankei, Aichi

In temples, the entrance gate will be a huge structure with lots of wooden carvings inscribed on it. These majestic structures have two guard gods on its both sides. These gates are called Sanmon. Some temples have more than one entrance gate.

Todaiji temple, Nara

3. Other structures

Shrines may have small and big Torri gates, small shrines, straw ropes(Shimezawa) tied across huge trees and gates etc.

Small shrine strucutures

If you see a pagoda or a bell tower at any part of the worship grounds, it is a Buddhist temple. You can find Budha statues in the garden areas of these temples.

Bell tower at Naritasan temple, Inuyama
From Kofukuji, NARA