Just behind our house there is a rambling set of stairs that goes up to a tiny shrine (?). It usually houses a few statues, a mask, some plastic flowers and the occasional offering of sake. This year it is also home to our bees. Apparently my husband decided that it was the perfect place to put our hives - out of the wind and rain and facing in the right direction.
I think it is an improvement on having them in our garage (like last year), I'm just not sure that the Gods or the few people who make it up the hill to pray each year will agree..... so far the bees are loving their new home though so hopefully we will be able to leave an offering of honey and leave them there for many years to come!