Pay your respects to the deified Emperor Meiji and his wife, Empress Shoken, at Meiji Jingu Shrine, a Shinto shrine surrounded by a forested area crisscrossed with peaceful walking paths. At the temple itself, visitors give offerings, buy amulets and charms, and reflect on and write out their wishes. Walk through the treasure house to see belongings of the emperor and empress, and visit the museum annex next door, which hosts temporary exhibitions. Note that photography is not permitted within the temple’s halls. For travelers who use our world travel planner, Tokyo holidays become easier to arrange, with trips to the Meiji Jingu Shrine and other attractions mapped out and timetabled.
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Meiji Jingu Shrine Reviews
This calm, serene shrine, set in the hustle of Tokyo, is a wonderful place to meditate and to learn about Japanese history. It's dedicated to an emperor and his wife, although they aren't actually... more »
It’s the most famous shrine in Tokyo. Even though it was built in the middle of the town, the surrounding of the garden and trees can really make you feel relaxed. A must to visit! more »
Second time to visit since 2 years ago. If you’re planning to get temple stamps (Goshuincho), this should be on your top list. They usually close early, so my advice to visit in the morning. We also..... more »
Great place to visit. Popular. Can have crowded areas. Lots of walking. Nice place to sit and observe the crowd, details of workmanship and nature. Place is surrounded by lush trees and away from the shrine you'll find peace and quiet as you enjoy your walk to and from the shrine. Japan tends to be quiet in general, which is such a great change from my home country!
A temple to honor an emperor. The place is inside a huge forest, and a beautiful one. It has a lot of very interesting explanations about how the Japanese worship. I found it both very interesting and beautiful, I highly recommend paying this place a visit even if you have a short stay in the city.
Most peaceful of the shrines we visited. Nice nature walk leading up to it, and very spacious courtyard on the inside. However, somewhat disappointed that it seems they are trying to make money off the tourists with an outrageously priced giftshop, a museum that costs $10 to read about the history, and part of the temple is off limits to people that don't give an "offering.". If you only have time for one, I'd head over to Meiji Jingo Shrine instead. Much more interactive and better pictures.
A beautiful and historic shrine. The walk up to the shrine is very calming as you pass under the Torii, and then under some trees. It is very nice to visit on New Years Day, where there are stands selling festival food, including skewers and sweet sake. Be warned though, it's very popular so if you plan on making this trip, prepare to be part of a large crowd, shuffling and shoving your way through. Worth going at least once in your life.
This place is surrounded by a wonderful forest which appears out of nowhere off a normal city street. The place is clean and the walk ways are also tidy. There are lamps guiding you down the long paths that take you to the Meiji Shrine. There is English translation leaflets and some of the information boards in English too. You can write your wishes there and also purchase charms. We went and there was a wedding taking place. Everything was beautiful and the staff helped the wedding continue as tourists also watched nearby. I wish i could have stayed longer here. Just remember to read about shrine etiquette before going and dont be that ignorant foreigner that doesn't look things up beforehand.
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