Meiji Shrine is one of the most popular Shrines in Japan that every tourist need to see when they travel in Tokyo, Japan. This place is not only for Shrine lovers but also for nature lovers as this place is in Meiji Jingu forest that covers an area of 70 hectares. If you want to relax and just want to see nature, this is the place for you. Meiji Shrine is also a popular place for traditional Japanese weddings.
Meiji Shrine (明治神宮, Meiji Jingū) is Shinto’s shrine dedicated to the souls of Emperor Meiji. It is also dedicated to his wife, Empress Shoken. Shinto is called Japan’s ancient original religion, and it is deeply rooted in the way of Japanese life. It is located in Shibuya, Tokyo, Japan, beside the JR Yamanote Line’s, Harajuku station and adjacent to Yoyogi Park. The shrine does not contain the emperor’s grave, which is located at Fushimi-momoyama.
Emperor Meiji was the first emperor of modern Japan. He was born in 1852 and rose to the throne in 1867. Emperor Meiji passed away in 1912 and his wife, Empress Shoken in 1914. Eight years after the passing of Emperor Meiji and six years after his wife, Empress Shoken passed away, the shrine was established in November 1, 1920 and was dedicated to them. It was destroyed during the World War II but later re-established.
How to get there?
- West Shrine Gate: 5 minute walk from Sangubashi Station.
- North Shrine Gate: 8 minute walk from Yoyogi Station, 5 minute walk from Kitasando
- South: 1 minute walk from Harajuku Station, Meiji Jingu Mae ’Harajuku’ Station.