Just My Travel Notes: Things to see in Tokyo: Meiji Jingu (Meiji Shrine)
I was trying to think of the easiest way to recap our trip to Japan. Rather than present you with a day-by-day blog account of what we did I thought I would just do a few individual posts of the key things that we did (and the things I remember since I was really slack and didn’t keep my thorough notes of the trip!).
Meiji Jingu Shrine
The Meiji Jingu is a Shinto Shrine dedicated to the deified spirits of Emperor Meiji and Empress Shoken. The shrine was established in 1920 and covers an area of around 240 acres.
It is located just a few steps outside of the Harajuku Station (more on Harajuku at a later post). The area of Harajuku is a crazy loud eclectic place there are so many people around. Yet you head towards the shrine and the rest of the world seems to disappear – the noise of the traffic and people seems to fade into the distance and you are left in a stunning forest garden that leads you up to the Meiji Shrine.
There are over 100,000 trees within the Forest which were planted during the construction as well as being donated to the forest from areas all across Japan.
The main complex of the Shrine is around a 10 minute walk from the entrance. By the time you reach the main buildings you can really be mistaken for forgetting you are in the middle of the metropolis of Tokyo.
The main buildings are really quite impressive. You can take the opportunity to say a prayer or to make an offering. Even just walking around admiring the construction is really enjoyable.
Once you have seen the main temple buildings don’t feel in a hurry to get back to the noise and crazy of Harajuku. The gardens are really well worth a look.
The Meiji Jingu is certainly well worth some time when you are in Tokyo. Plan on spending at least a few hours exploring all the gardens and areas. It is open year round and there are no admission fees.
How to get there:
The main entrance to the gardens are only a few steps outside of the Harajuku Station. Harajuku Station is located on the JR Yamanote Line (free if you have a Japan Rail Pass) it is also near the Meiji-Jingu-Mae Station on the subway lines. For a map and more information on the Meiji Jingu check out Japan-Guide.
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