A sandō(参道,visiting road?) in Japanese architecture is the road approaching either a Shinto shrine or a Buddhist temple. Its point of origin is usually straddled in the first case by a Shinto torii, in the second by a Buddhist sanmon, gates which mark the beginning of the shrine's or temple territory. There can also be stone lanterns and other decorations at any point along its course.
A sandō can be called a front sandō (表参道,omote-sandō?), if it is the main entrance, or a rear sandō (裏参道,ura-sandō?) if it is a secondary point of entrance, especially to the rear; side sandō (脇参道,waki-sandō?) are also sometimes found. The famous Omotesandō district in Tokyo, for example, takes its name from the nearby main access path to Meiji Shrine. An ura-sandō also used to exist.