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Meiji Shrine in Shibuya

  • Oct 19, 2015
  • by Alina

Tourism Kanto

Meiji Shrine, or ‘Meiji Jingu’ is a Shinto shrine located right next to Yoyogi Park in Shibuya, Tokyo. It was constructed in 1920 to honor Emperor Meiji (1852-1912), Japan’s 122nd emperor, and his consort, Empress Shoken (1850-1914).
Although destroyed during the Second World War, it was rebuilt shortly after.

The shrine is located in a 170 acres forest, formed by 100,000 trees donated by people from all parts of Japan, and it consists of two large areas: ‘Naien’, the inner precinct and ‘Gaien’, the outer precinct.

photo by TAKA@P.P.R.S

‘Naien’ consists of the main shrines and the Treasure Museum, where articles of the Emperor and Empress are displayed. The entrance to the Jingu Naien shrine is ¥500.

photo by Yoshikazu TAKADA

In the outer precinct, ‘Gaien’, some sport arenas and the Meiji Memorial Picture Gallery can be found.

photo by fletcherjcm

The walk to the main shrine is very peaceful and serene. The park leading to the main shrine is beautiful and tranquil, and its entrance is marked by a 12-meter ‘torii’ gate, approximately 1,500 years old. A second gate is located closer to the shrine itself.

On your way to the shrine, stop at the water station, or ‘temizuya’ to cleanse your hands and mouth before offering a prayer or making a wish. Here’s how to do it:
1. Rinse your left hand.
2. Rinse your right hand.
3. Pour water into your left hand and rinse your mouth and then runs your left hand as well.
Do not touch the dipper with your lips and do not throw coins into the water.

Once you get to the main temple, you can do as the locals do:
1. Drop some coins into the offertory box.
2. Bow twice.
3. Clap your hands twice and after make a wish.
4. Bow once again.

photo by Paul Asman and Jill Lenoble

As the most important and popular Shinto shrine in Tokyo, Meiji Jingu hosts many festivals and ceremonies, including Japanese traditional weddings. If you visit on a Sunday, you might be lucky and see a nice ceremony.


Meiji Jingu is opened every day from sunrise to sunset, but since the opening hours change every month, make sure you check their schedule before going.

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