Meiji Jingu Shrine, Tokyo
Meiji Jingu Shrine, Tokyo - Address, Phone Number
Address: 1-1 Yoyogikamizonocho, Shibuya, Tokyo 151-8557, Japan
Time Required: 02:30 Hrs
Timings: 05:00 am - 06:00 pm Details
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About Meiji Jingu Shrine, Tokyo
Japan has a very special relationship with its royal family. The Japanese Diet (governing body) commemorated Emperor Meiji and Empress Shoken by enshrining them at the Meiji Jingu Shrine. Emperor Meiji brought about wide-spread change in Japanese society and politics by opening up of trade and policies with other nations of the western world. The Meiji era is marked by the confluence of Western-meets- Eastern and rapid industrialization and growth. The shrine itself is a traditional Shinto shrine built in 1920. It was once destroyed in the World War II but was rebuilt after raising funds and completed in 1958. The garden grounds are spread over 700.000 square meters and has trees received as donations from all over the country! The most celebrated time to be at the shrine though is New Year's Eve, when thousands of people gather there to offer prayers and receive blessings for the year ahead!
Meiji Jingu Shrine in Tokyo is one of the numerous places which take you closer to the Japanese culture. It is a great destination to visit for those who love the old world charm. Even though the tickets of Meiji Jingu Shrine are available free of cost, still you can give some donation here. Moreover, you can also opt for the Meiji Jingu Shrine tours to get the detailed tour of the shrine. Buy the Meiji Jingu Shrine tour tickets to get a detailed trip down the memory lane.
Meiji Jingu Shrine Information
- Wear comfortable clothes and clothes appropriate for a shrine visit. That means no revealing or flashy clothes.
- The temple opens at dawn and closes at sunset, so, strictly speaking there is no opening or closing time as such.
Meiji Jingu Shrine Ticket Prices
- The temple visit is free but most people make offerings at the shrine starting from ¥10,000.
- For ¥30,000 one can enjoy special religious dance and music.
Meiji Jingu Shrine Opening and Closing Hours
- Sometime opens at 5:40 am to 6:40am, according to the sunrise of that day- gardens open at all times.
- Sometime closes at 4:20pm to 6:30, according to the sunset time of the day.
How To reach Meiji Jingu Shrine by Public Transport
- Harajuku or Yoyogi station- 5mins walk.
Restaurants Near Meiji Jingu Shrine
- Restaurant I
- Bistor Daltemist
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PSA: The main temple is undergoing renovation for its reopening in 2020, so be prepared to not be able to visit the main temple building. This is easily one of my top tourist attractions in Tokyo, despite me not being able to visit the main temple building due to renovation works. The entire area housing the shrine is huge, where guests need to walk past tall forest trees and gravel roads before reaching the shrine. Meiji Shrine does not feel like the metropolitan Tokyo at all, with it being surrounded by nature. It felt like I was out in the countryside. Really enjoyed the serene and peaceful vibe given off by this place, as well as the fresh air. A good break from the hectic atmosphere of Tokyo where you can just stroll leisurely and admire the nature and historical building. Just make sure to bring water, some snacks and dress comfortably as there is quite a bit of walking involved.
One step inside the massive tori gate and you realize why this is one of the top places to visit in Japan. Truly beautiful shrine and you can get omikuji in the form of a poem. If you are in Tokyo this is a must visit!
A very serene and quiet place in the middle of a bustling city. A very nice park to have a walk and to take a break from the crowds in the city. A beautiful shrine (but it was under renovation when I went so didn't see too much).
At the heart it's just a shrine like any other, but the somewhat long walk that it takes to get there makes it seem cooler. There's fortunes in English inside for only ¥100, as well as many other souvenirs you can buy. Access to the well and park has a ¥500 entrance fee. Nice, famous place to visit if you have the chance.
A beautiful shrine to the emperor, we witnessed I believe a traditional marriage with all the beautiful kimonos and dresses and family members alongside them. There are plenty of activities to do around the shrine, with plenty of wishing panels to write on for prayers to lift up for the monks, many places for prayers and respect.