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  • Tokyo Meiji Shrine Entrance

  • Entrance Tokyo Meiji Shrine

  • Tokyo Meiji Shrine

  • Tokyo Meiji Shrine

  • Tokyo Meiji Shrine

  • Tokyo Meiji Shrine

  • Tokyo Meiji Shrine

  • Tokyo Meiji Shrine

  • Tokyo Meiji Shrine

  • Tokyo Meiji Shrine

  • Tokyo Meiji Shrine

  • Tokyo Meiji Shrine

  • Tokyo Meiji Shrine

  • Tokyo Meiji Shrine

  • Tokyo Meiji Shrine

  • Tokyo Meiji Shrine Chozuya

  • Tokyo Meiji Shrine Torii

  • Tokyo Meiji Shrine Torii

  • Sake Barrels Donated To Meiji Shrine

  • Sake Barrels Donated To Meiji Shrine

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Facts & Figures

The most famous and popular Shinto shrine in Tokyo is without any doubt the Meiji Shrine (Meiji Jingu). The shrine is dedicated to Emperor Meiji (1852 - 1912) and Empress Shoken (1849 - 1914). The emporer opened Japan to the West. He played an important role in the Meiji Restoration (the end of the feudal era). The Meiji Shrine is located within an 175-acre park. The park is covered by 120.000 trees and is used as an relaxing area for many people living the busy Tokyo life.

History

The construction of the Meiji Shrine took from 1915 till 1921. During World War 2 the shrine complex was completely destroyed. The reconstruction was finished in 1958.

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The Meiji Shrine is located within Shibuya-ku in Tokyo.

How to get to Meiji Shrine?

  • 5min from Harajuku Station along the JR Yamanote Line

Sightseeing spots

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Torii at the entrance - 12m high and made of 1500 year old cypress

Meiji Jingu Treasure House - Emperor Meiji's and Empress Shoken's belongings are on display

Inner Garden - popular garden accessible for an entrance fee of 500 yen

Yoyogi Park - Yoyogi Park nearby is one of the largest parks in Tokyo

Festival & Events (dates can change without notice)

January

Saitansai - New Year's Day ritual (1st)
The Hatsumode (first shrine visit of the year) has a high importance for many Japanese. The most popular with 3 Mio. visits can be found at the Meiji Shrine.

April/May

Meiji Jingu Spring Grand Festival (29th to 3rd)
Many Shinto ceremonies are held at the shrine. Accompanied by traditional Japanese performances like Noh and Kyogen theatre, Sankyoku (traditional Japanese music), Satsuma biwa (Japanese lute), Bugaku (imperial court music), classical Japanese dance Hogaku and Hobu.

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