Meiji Jingu Shrine

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Meiji Jingu Shrine is a Shinto shrine dedicated to Emperor Meiji and Empress Shoken. Despite its location near Harajuku and Yoyogi Park in central Tokyo, the shrine is surrounded by an abundance of nature and is a popular spot for leisurely walks. The vast grounds have a total area of 700,000 square meters, and filling it are over 100,000 trees donated from all over the country. The shrine is separated into the inner gardens, the outer gardens, and the Meiji Kinenkan (also known as the Constitution Memorial Hall). The sports facilities in the outer gardens often house tournaments, and weddings and parties often take place at the inner gardens. Meiji Jingu Shrine is also famous for having the largest number of hatsumode (first shrine visit of the new year) visitors in all of Japan. It is believed that people can receive blessings in love, studies, safety, business, and more by visiting the shrine. In addition, numerous celebrations and events are held at the shrine during the year, including professional sumo wrestler processions, the Dolls' Festival for children, and more. Anyone looking for a respite from the bustle of the Tokyo metropolis should make sure not miss out on the many allures of Meiji Jingu Shrine.

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Telephone Number
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1-1 Yoyogi Kamizono-cho Shibuya-ku
東京都渋谷区代々木神園町1-1 明治神宮
Recommended season
January, February, March, April, May, June, July, August, September, October, November, December
Business Hours
Monday・Tuesday・Wednesday・Thursday・Friday・Saturday・Sunday : 06:00~16:00

Opening/closing times may vary seasonally. Please check the official website for further details.

Admisson Fee
JPY0 / Adult

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5 out of 5 stars

Really peaceful place, filled with a lot rich history. This is a great place to come to if you just want to get out of the loud and busy city for a little bit, relax and just enjoy some of the serenity that the surrounding forest has to offer.


5 out of 5 stars

A trip to the Meiji Jingu shrine is worth it for many reasons: it remains one of the major Shinto shrines in Tokyo, its super convenient location being a 10-minute walk from Harajuku station, plus the fact that it is located next to the funky, modern Harajuku perfectly reflects the traditional yet futuristic image tourists tend to have of Japan. Killing two birds with one stone and adding a cool, shaded park into the mix, it is definitely worth spending time here learning about why sake and wine barrels are donated to the shrine or perhaps writing a wish and hanging it around the wishing tree for the new year.


5 out of 5 stars

This shrine is located right next to Harajuku station. It was cool to see a shrine located right next to one of Tokyo’s most popular shopping place for teens. Unlike the entrance of the walkway to the shrine, it was so peaceful and quiet when I arrived to the shrine. It was also cool to see some Japanese walking around with traditional Japanese costumes. One of the coolest thing about Tokyo to me is that Japanese tradition coexists with modernity. This shrine displays exactly how Japanese keep their traditions alive in Tokyo.


5 out of 5 stars

Located in the middle of an expansive lush park next to Harajuku, this shrine is one of the most iconic sites in Tokyo. The only thing that disturbs the peace of the gardens are the hordes of tourists, but even that did not bother me too much as the park is very big. At the shrine itself I also got lucky enough to witness a traditional wedding taking place there, which was quite a surreal event. Check the weather forecast ahead of time because bad weather will completely spoil your visit.


5 out of 5 stars

Peaceful experience in the middle of Harajuku and Yoyogoi park. Very beautiful scenery and calming nature. I loved walking through the shrine and this may be one of my favourites in Tokyo. it is located in the heart of Tokyo and close to some great spots to enjoy after. My walk was calming and the scenery made it even better


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