Meiji Jingu Shrine
Meiji Jingu Shrine
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Two, large gates frame the entrance to this Shinto shrine that was dedicated to Emperor and Empress Meiji. Completed in 1920, repairs were required after the shrine was damaged during World War II.
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Neighbourhood: Shibuya / Harajuku / Ebisu
There are countless opportunities to shop in the Shibuya and Harajuku districts, especially in shops that focus on Japan's "Kawaii" culture. The trendiest areas are around Shibuya’s Center district, Harajuku's Takeshita-dori and in Omotesando. If you need to recharge from all the shopping, you can easily refresh yourself in Meiji Jingu or Sasaki Park. In contrast, Ebisu has a more grown up ambiance of calm and cool. At the Museum of Yebisu Beer you can learn about the beer that was responsible for the town’s name, and enjoy dining at the popular noodle shops in the surrounding area.
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  • Abovetheclouds
    2,018 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    A must.
    This is a Shinto shrine dedicated to Emperor Meiji. Located in a forest in the heart of Tokyo. Metro station is Meiji-jingumae <Harajuku> Station. Free to enter. Suggest before going in, to take a photograph of the map to show the location points of the main parts to see. Easy to follow. Wear good shoes which are closed as a lot of the walking is on hard ground and stones. Easy walk. How long you stay is up to you. This was my second visit. I covered the main points which took around one to one and a half hours. There is a really nice shop inside the grounds selling beautiful Japanese handicrafts. There are toilets (clean), a coffee shop and restaurant as well. There are information boards in Japanese and English which provide basic information on the different parts that you can see. To many of us, this may just be a 'tourist attraction' but to others, this is a religious place, so please be respectful.
    Visited May 2023
    Travelled solo
    Written 28 May 2023
  • Akshay Sharma
    New Delhi, India11,101 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    A beautiful shrine with forest like tranquility in the midst of the city
    While visiting Tokyo we visited this place. It has a very good forest garden and the shrine is located well inside away from the hustle and bustle. The wooden structures are maginficent and provides a solace to the soul.
    Visited June 2023
    Written 11 June 2023
  • Stefanie H
    Lincoln, Nebraska1,664 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Beautiful shrine
    We accessed this shrine from the Harajuku station, and it was a very short walk. It is crazy how the city becomes a peaceful forest! We were prepared to be underwhelmed at first because the torii gate is wood, so it doesn't have a huge impact; however, the interior of the complex is huge and really fun to see! You can get your fortune and goshuin, buy amulets, and the indoor gift shop is very nice. It is free to enter the shrine, although the interior gardens do have a small admission fee. It's so close to Harajuku that I would highly recommend a stop here.
    Visited June 2023
    Written 21 June 2023
  • Luv_ Rachmaninoff_No2
    Irvine, California517 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Such a majestic place!!!
    We visited Meiji Shrine on our last day in Tokyo and it was such an amazing way to end our trip. It was very easy to get to, just a few minutes walk from Harajuku train station exit. There’s a lot of walking involved going through various gates but worth every step. The walking paths were beautiful with tall trees surrounding the entire area so naturally shaded from the sun. It offered so many beautiful photo opportunities and we especially loved taking photos of the empty saki barrels which were so colorful. Strongly recommended!!
    Visited June 2023
    Travelled with family
    Written 23 June 2023
  • rick t
    1 contribution
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Deep and rich in history.
    I had an amazing time at Meiji Jingu. It was very convient from the subway station. Expect to spend 2-3 hours there. Various shrines, gift shops and a pond... be carful not to drop your phone in the pond... I also recommend a tour guide while in Tokyo. A great local tour guide is "Tokyo Chiyoda Welcomers", Kimie who was the tour guide I met was absolutely knowledgeable about all of the local attractions and her English was perfect! Enjoy
    Visited May 2023
    Written 5 July 2023
  • Pasi J
    Espoo, Finland63 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Large stretch of serenity in the middle of Tokyo
    It’s quite a transition, to walk in from the busy Harajuku through the large torii gate into this tranquil shrine park with overarching trees, almost as if there weren’t a huge metropolis just a few steps away. The shrine itself feels rather solemn and official compared with the buzz of Senso-ji, for example, or the quirky shrines in Kyoto, but of course it is a Tokyo must. Don’t skip the Meiji Garden on the way to the shrine, it’s well worth the separate entry fee.
    Visited April 2023
    Travelled with family
    Written 22 July 2023
  • Popopo1976
    Limbang, Malaysia2,622 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Serene. Go visit.
    Few minutes walk after we got off train at Harajuka. Walked inside the park, then visited the shrine. It was very early, around 6am so it was quiet and cool temp. On our way back to hotel, we used Yoyogi station. Bought some amulet. Enjoyed the visit (July 2023).
    Visited July 2023
    Travelled with family
    Written 31 July 2023
  • Itzik L
    Tel Aviv, Israel4,584 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    must visit
    Meiji Temple is in Tokyo and is the most important and popular Shinto temple in Tokyo, crowds of tourists and locals come to see or do engagement ceremonies. The temple has many worship and prayer buildings. In fact, the temple is located in a huge forest. Every citizen who wants to contribute plants a tree there and thus the forest is full of a variety of trees planted by the citizens in honor of the emperor. The temple is being restored after being bombed in World War II. It has a beautiful engagement garden, the entrance to which is paid. And there is also a house for a well that is considered a source, a place where you can get energies Various ceremonies and festivals are held in and around the temple throughout the year, as well as food fairs and live performances, you should be informed beforehand and schedule for the days when there are festivals.
    Visited May 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 9 August 2023
  • carloscharmy
    Bangkok, Thailand781 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Tranquil oasis
    Meiji Jingu is a tranquil oasis in bustling Tokyo. I highly recommend arriving early to savor its serene beauty without the crowds. This historical shrine offers a peaceful retreat to disconnect from city life. The towering Torii gate and lush forested pathways create a unique atmosphere, making it a must-visit destination for those seeking a taste of Japan's rich cultural heritage.
    Visited April 2023
    Written 19 August 2023
  • PHLim_SG
    Singapore, Singapore138 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Mystical Meiji Jingu: Tokyo's Spiritual Gem of Dreams and Sake!
    Step into the heart of Tokyo, and you'll discover a sacred haven like no other – Meiji Jingu Shrine. This hallowed ground is a vibrant tapestry of tradition, spirituality, and community, drawing locals and wanderers alike, especially during festive times. As you enter this ethereal realm, your senses will be captivated by a sight that's as enchanting as it is symbolic: rows upon rows of immense vats, brimming with the golden nectar of Japanese rice wine, known as sake. Each vat stands as a testament to the devotion of businesses and individuals, a heartfelt offering to usher in a year filled with prosperity and blessings. But the true heart of Meiji Jingu lies in the "wishing board." Picture it as a canvas of dreams, adorned with wishes from people of every walk of life. Students, their hopes set on academic success, etch their aspirations onto its surface. Couples, their hearts full of love, pen their desires for the pitter-patter of tiny feet. Individuals, in pursuit of well-being, inscribe their yearning for good health and happiness. Here, in this sacred sanctuary, dreams take flight and hopes find their voice. Meiji Jingu is a place where the wishes of countless souls converge, creating an atmosphere that's brimming with positivity and possibility. So, fellow travelers, when you find yourself in Tokyo, make it a point to wander through the sacred gates of Meiji Jingu. Experience the spiritual resonance, witness the devotion in sake vats, and let the wishes of the world inspire you. It's a place where dreams are woven into the very fabric of the shrine, and where the spirit of Japan's culture and traditions come alive.
    Visited July 2023
    Travelled with family
    Written 13 September 2023
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Franziska K
Mulhouse, France140 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2024 • Family
Best shrine in Tokyo. Not too many tourists, very nice parc and large forest to walk around and take pictures. Don't miss it when in Tokyo.
Written 27 May 2024
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Chris K
Yokosuka, Japan13 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2024 • Family
Great historical landmark in beautiful trees. Great for outdoor walking. Recommend the additional garden path in the middle of the shrine grounds.
Written 26 May 2024
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DipuKV
Pune, India2,910 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2024 • Family
One of the most important shrines in Tokyo, located a short walk away from Shibuya as you approach Harajuku, Meiji is busy, with both locals and tourists thronging the place. The ambience is one of peace & the area is beautiful.
Written 23 May 2024
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Beth Anne P
64 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2024 • Family
We only had an hour or so here, as we had a train to catch in the afternoon. But so glad we made time to see it. Much like the Nagoya Shinto shrine (Atsuta Jingu), Meiji Jingu was rebuilt after WWII and its just a beautifully austere and moving place. There was a wedding going on when we were there and it was lovely to see the shrine in use. Indeed, there are a lot of people praying here, bringing children for blessings, etc. So be sensitive, as this was probably the one shrine that we saw during our time in Japan in which the number of people there for purely religious purposes surpassed those there for tourism. Beyond the shrine, there are the massive and stunning gardens, as well as several different gates at the various entrances. There is also a museum which we didn't have time to go to. I'd set aside a 2-3 hours (or more) for this experience, as the shrine is only a small part of it. Its a really holy place and it made me want to know more about Shintoism.
Written 19 May 2024
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joe B
Melbourne, Australia57 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2024 • Couples
We stayed in Shinjuku and planned a visit to Meiji park which was easy and amazing. The park is beautiful built in early 1920 with trees from all over Japan relocated and planted to create a wonderful forest in the city , the trees are now mature and in the middle of the park is the shrine and wow so great to visit we witnessed traditional Japanese wedding and made a wish and prayer at the shrine. Great day food restaurant, rest rooms and a very relaxing way to spend a day in a park .
Written 19 May 2024
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Paul D
Yatte Yattah, Australia84 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2024 • Couples
We are two 72 year olds me requiring a new knee and hip replacement partner with foot and back problems
Long walk to and from actual shrine especially if you have already covered several kilometers - nowhere to sit and rest until you reach the shrine
Written 13 May 2024
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msa23_2000
Chino Hills, CA1,419 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2024 • Solo
This place was a surprise. Busy busy city, then boom, a forest in the middle of the city that suddenly turns quiet and peaceful. I loved that experience. We were fortunate to see 2 wedding parades go through. There were many people but it didn’t feel crowded. I enjoyed the forest surrounding the shrine just as much if not more than the shrine. Great way to feel out of the city while still in the city.
Written 12 May 2024
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David_never_Dave
Portland, OR55 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2024 • Friends
The shrine and surrounding forest - which amazingly is man-made - exude tranquility and harmony. It's a wonderful island in the middle of the frenetic city. If you have a chance to participate in a purification ritual, do so even if you're not an adherent of Shinto.
Written 12 May 2024
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Susan T
Mount Pleasant, WI599 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2024 • Family
It is difficult to believe that such a serene shrine in the middle of the hustle and bustle of Tokyo. Lots of walking but well worth it. We even caught a glimpse of newlyweds. Very peaceful way to escape the busy city. There was a nice park nearby, too.
Written 8 May 2024
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Soudamini Mohapatra
Bengaluru, India1,099 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2024 • Couples
It's a Shinto Shrine in Tokyo, established in 1920 by Emperor Meiji and Empress Shoken who were responsible to establish the modern Japan. It's a nice, peaceful place with a garden surrounding it. It's worth visiting the Shrine.
Written 7 May 2024
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