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Meiji Jingu 明治神宮 Shrines / Harajuku

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Meiji Jingu is the shrine honoring the Meiji Emperor. Over 100,000 types of trees collected from around the country have been planted within its vast borders, and you feel as if you are in a natural forest. Meiji Jingu is the nation's most popular shrine for "Hatsumode," or one's first New Year's shrine-visit.

Categories Shrines
Nearest Station Harajuku
Address 1-1 Yoyogi Kamizono-cho, Shibuya-ku , Tokyo
Telephone 03-3379-5511
Home Page (Available in English)
Business Hours 9:00am-4:00pm

9 Reviews for Meiji Jingu

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  • Meiji Jingu
  • (2010-10-19)
  • A beautiful place to go to get a breath of fresh air in Tokyo. It is very peaceful, you will forget that you live in a hectic city. Make sure to visit during 'coming-of-age-day' in Japan when all of the 20 year olds get dolled up in their traditional finery.

  • Meiji Jingu
  • (2008-12-28)
  • You could go here will the rest of Tokyo on the night of the 31st of December or the morning of the first of January, and fight the huge crowds.... OR you could go on most other days of the year to have a peaceful experience. The place is surprisingly large, and the walkway into the shrine itself from the street is further than you'd think considering the crowded nature of that area of Tokyo. I'... Read More

  • Meiji Jingu
  • (2008-10-26)
  • There are three gates leading into the main shrine (the building with the graves of the emperor and empress, I think). each gate has a place where you can wash your hands and mouth, visual instructions above. In front, off to the side, is a place to write your wishes on paper and wooden blocks. A priest/priestess is usually around, collecting the papers and disappearing off with them somewhere. ... Read More

  • Meiji Jingu
  • (2008-10-24)
  • What a view. I went there at 9 AM in a raining day, so there wasn't much people there. First time that I passed the Tori (red gate) I thought that I was returning time. So quiet, it's like you traveled to a far away place. And after some walking in that little stone streets, that wonderful Temple. In the entrance of the first gate i saw a lot of autumn flowers and souvenir shop. After the gorg... Read More

  • Cool shrine on a Sunday afternoon
  • (2008-07-01)
  • Meiji-Jingu is my favorite shrine in Tokyo! It's nice on a Sunday even though it's crowded, because you are also close to Yoyogi park and (obviously) jingu-mae where the "harajuku girls" and boys congregate to show off their fancy (for lack of better word) new outfits! It's also nice because usually you can see a traditional Japanese wedding and sneakily take pictures of it ~ just tell your friend... Read More

  • Meiji Jingu
  • (2008-06-05)
  • Any trip in Tokyo certainly can't do without a visit to Meiji Jingu. The beautiful walk through the park to the elegant shrine and grand torii's peacefully existing in the middle of this escape for the busyness of Tokyo is truly something special. Another great thing about Meiji Jingu is that on the weekends you are almost certain to be able to see a traditional Japanese wedding at all hours of ... Read More

  • Meiji Jingu
  • (2008-04-19)
  • The Meiji Gardens are a refreshing break from the shopping and posing of Harajuku. They are quiet and shady and surround the Meiji Jingu shrine. Trees lining most of the paths make it seem less crowded than it is. Check out the wine barrels surrounding the entrance of the shrine and the gate to the gardens?they’re excellent photo opportunities. As these gardens are quite large, you can really lo... Read More

  • Hatsumode
  • (2008-01-04)
  • Imagine the entire population of Tokyo (and tourists included), descending upon this shrine on January 1st. That's exactly what happened all-day as many made their trek to this particular shrine in the Harajuku/Yoyogi Park area. As the masses raced around the massive grounds of this gravel-stoned maze path towards the main Meiji Jingu Shrine, foot traffic grid lock rapidly became a inevitable ... Read More

  • Meiji Jingu
  • (2007-05-10)
  • As you may know, the Meiji era was an extremely significant period of Japanese history. After several hundred years of Shogunal rule, the emperor was restored to political power. The dawning of the Meiji era also signified Japan's reopening to trade and relations with foreign countries. As a result, Japan's industrialization was condensed into an incredibly short period of time. The era is still ... Read More
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