Best MonthsAll year
Traveller TypesCouples, Friends, Families, Solo
Rank1 out of 134 attractions in Shibuya
Places to stay near Meiji Jingu
Reviews of Meiji Jingu • 5
Time required: 3 Hours (2 PM-5PM)Cost: 500*2= 1000 YenLine: Fukutoshin Line from Shinjuku station to Kita- Sando stationTake a break and familiarize yourself with the roots of Japan by exploring Meiji Jingu Shrine. The sight of this large wooden gate will guide you straight into the shrine.For 500 yen, you can enter the ‘Treasure House’, and view many of the Emperor and Empress’ belongings, including their personal carriage.If you continue farther up the road, you will see another torii gate to your left. The Inner Garden is hidden in the forest beyond the gate and is known to be a ‘power spot’, so you can upgrade your spiritual status (or something like that) while enjoying the view of a wide range of flowers, for an entrance fee of 500 yen. (Leave by 4.20 PM)
The walk through Yoyogi Park to Meiji Jingu was a lovely walk especially in the late afternoon when the sunlight is streaming through the leaves of the trees. Its a peaceful walk. Visiting Meiji Jingu on New Year's Eve is also a great experience as many Japanese were there to make wishes for the new year. Get your fortune too!
Next, catch a graceful traditional Japanese wedding at the Meiji Jingu shrine… kimonos, the traditional Mai dance and some awesome Wasabi delicacies… bring it on, all here!
Basically Meiji Shrine is like a temple that is located far away inside the woods. You won’t feel like it’s in Harajuku, because you’ll be surrounded by woods just like in the forest, and also the path is not paved, it’s still full of tiny little rocks. A little hint : I saw some people bow before and after entering Meiji Shrine, so I also follow them by bowing near the Shrine’s gate. If I can compare Meiji Shrine, Asakusa Temple, and Fushimi Inari Shrine, they all have their own beauty. Fushimi with its 1000 gates, Asakusa Temple with the crowds and the big red lantern, and Meiji Shrine with its Forest Like atmosphere.
Tokyo would be incomplete without its temples. Dedicated to Emperor Meiji and his wife, this 19th century Shinto shrine is a perfect example of the Japanese austerity and modesty. It isn't grand like many other Asian temples, but has a quiet appeal of its own. As you enter through the 40 foot high gate into the 200 acre park, it feels like another dimension. In a way, it doesn't feel like you are in Tokyo anymore. You need to wash your hands and face at a communal tank before you offer prayers. There is a prayer wall where you can write your wishes on a piece of paper and stick it there. A touch of Japanese culture and if you are lucky you might just encounter a wedding procession here!