Meiji Jingu

Attraction Meiji Jingu 1-1 Yoyogikamizonocho Shibuya, Tokyo 151-8557 Japan Published on: 13-11-2015

1 hours 30 mins
09:00 AM - 05:00 PM
09:30 AM
11:00 AM
First-time visit
Must see
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  • Highly recommended by fellow travellers.
Meiji Jingu Shrine is famous for its picturesque views and the beautiful garden with lovely birds that will touch your hands when you come inside.

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Why Meiji Jingu is special ?

Meiji Shrine (明治神宮, Meiji Jingū) is a shrine dedicated to the deified spirits of Emperor Meiji and his consort, Empress Shoken. Located just beside the JR Yamanote Line's busy Harajuku Station, Meiji Shrine and the adjacent Yoyogi Park make up a large forested area within the densely built-up city. The spacious shrine grounds offer walking paths that are great for a relaxing stroll. At the middle of the forest, Meiji Jingu's buildings also have an air of tranquility distinct from the surrounding city. Visitors to the shrine can take part in typical Shinto activities, such as making offerings at the main hall, buying charms and amulets or writing out one's wish on an ema.

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What to explore at Meiji Jingu?

Dedicated to the late 19th-century emperor who opened Japan to the West, Tokyo's most famous Shinto shrine is wonderfully serene and austere, not colorful or flashy like other Asian places of worship, and is less of a tourist trap than Senso-ji, the big Buddhist temple across town in Asakusa. The 40-foot-high (12-meter) torii gate at the entrance to the 200-acre park is made of 1,500-year-old cypress, and there's a second one like it closer to the shrine itself. Stop at the cleansing station where you can dip into a communal water tank and purify your hands and mouth before offering up a prayer. You can write wishes on little pieces of paper and tie them onto the prayer wall, or do as the locals do — toss some yen into the offering box (it's near the enormous taiko drum), bow your head twice, clap twice, and bow once more. On Sunday mornings you are likely to see a traditional wedding procession (or two) through the courtyard — the bride in a white kimono and hood and the groom in his formal black robe, walking together under a big red parasol, with Shinto priests leading the way and the rest of the wedding party trailing behind. Shrines, big or small, can get interesting on festival days.

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Selling points

  • A peaceful place
  • Simply the best!
  • A beautiful temple
  • Beautiful, Peaceful and spirtitual place
  • Lovely Experience in Tokyo
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Meiji Jingu 1-1 Yoyogikamizonocho Shibuya, Tokyo 151-8557 Japan

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Tips for you

  • You should bring your cash
    What to bring
  • Many couples choose this place for a their wedding ceremony.
  • There are instructions to follow; one of them is to clean yourself before praying.
  • You must not eat, drink or smoke in the Shrine.
  • Check the weather condition before going as there is no shelter from the main entrance to the main Shrine. You should go there early as there are much more people later
  • Amulets as souvenirs for your friends and family can be purchased in this shrine


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very pretty shrine, easy walk from harajuku station, lots of signs were in English which was very useful

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We loved the walk through the park to the shrine and the tranquility we found upon arriving made the place seem even more magical. We went quite late (430pm), when some of the attractions around the shrine were already closing, as a result of which is was much more peaceful inside the shrine too. It really is an oasis of quiet and that makes the shrine more amazing. It is not very old but that doesn't make it less worthwhile visiting. We walked around, soaked up the atmosphere and took some great pictures. You can buy little wooden wish boards for 500 yen and write a message, which you can place on a large wall of such wooden boards as a prayer/wish - very nice! Overall, a must see when visiting Tokyo in my opinion!

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This famous Shinto Shrine is dedicated to the Emperor Meiji and his Consort. Nearly 1000,000 trees were planted at the time of enshrinement, and form the solemn forest surrounding the area today.

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