Meiji Jingu Shrine
Meiji Jingu Shrine
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Two, large gates frame the entrance to this Shinto shrine that was dedicated to Emperor and Empress Meiji. Completed in 1920, repairs were required after the shrine was damaged during World War II.
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Neighborhood: Shibuya / Harajuku / Ebisu
There are countless opportunities to shop in the Shibuya and Harajuku districts, especially in shops that focus on Japan's "Kawaii" culture. The trendiest areas are around Shibuya’s Center district, Harajuku's Takeshita-dori and in Omotesando. If you need to recharge from all the shopping, you can easily refresh yourself in Meiji Jingu or Sasaki Park. In contrast, Ebisu has a more grown up ambiance of calm and cool. At the Museum of Yebisu Beer you can learn about the beer that was responsible for the town’s name, and enjoy dining at the popular noodle shops in the surrounding area.
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  • Stefanie H
    Lincoln, Nebraska1,656 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Beautiful shrine
    We accessed this shrine from the Harajuku station, and it was a very short walk. It is crazy how the city becomes a peaceful forest! We were prepared to be underwhelmed at first because the torii gate is wood, so it doesn't have a huge impact; however, the interior of the complex is huge and really fun to see! You can get your fortune and goshuin, buy amulets, and the indoor gift shop is very nice. It is free to enter the shrine, although the interior gardens do have a small admission fee. It's so close to Harajuku that I would highly recommend a stop here.
    Visited June 2023
    Written June 21, 2023
  • Luv_ Rachmaninoff_No2
    Irvine, California552 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Such a majestic place!!!
    We visited Meiji Shrine on our last day in Tokyo and it was such an amazing way to end our trip. It was very easy to get to, just a few minutes walk from Harajuku train station exit. There’s a lot of walking involved going through various gates but worth every step. The walking paths were beautiful with tall trees surrounding the entire area so naturally shaded from the sun. It offered so many beautiful photo opportunities and we especially loved taking photos of the empty saki barrels which were so colorful. Strongly recommended!!
    Visited June 2023
    Traveled with family
    Written June 23, 2023
  • rick t
    1 contribution
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Deep and rich in history.
    I had an amazing time at Meiji Jingu. It was very convient from the subway station. Expect to spend 2-3 hours there. Various shrines, gift shops and a pond... be carful not to drop your phone in the pond... I also recommend a tour guide while in Tokyo. A great local tour guide is "Tokyo Chiyoda Welcomers", Kimie who was the tour guide I met was absolutely knowledgeable about all of the local attractions and her English was perfect! Enjoy
    Visited May 2023
    Written July 5, 2023
  • Pasi J
    Espoo, Finland63 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Large stretch of serenity in the middle of Tokyo
    It’s quite a transition, to walk in from the busy Harajuku through the large torii gate into this tranquil shrine park with overarching trees, almost as if there weren’t a huge metropolis just a few steps away. The shrine itself feels rather solemn and official compared with the buzz of Senso-ji, for example, or the quirky shrines in Kyoto, but of course it is a Tokyo must. Don’t skip the Meiji Garden on the way to the shrine, it’s well worth the separate entry fee.
    Visited April 2023
    Traveled with family
    Written July 22, 2023
  • Popopo1976
    Limbang, Malaysia2,720 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Serene. Go visit.
    Few minutes walk after we got off train at Harajuka. Walked inside the park, then visited the shrine. It was very early, around 6am so it was quiet and cool temp. On our way back to hotel, we used Yoyogi station. Bought some amulet. Enjoyed the visit (July 2023).
    Visited July 2023
    Traveled with family
    Written July 31, 2023
  • Itzik L
    Tel Aviv, Israel4,584 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    must visit
    Meiji Temple is in Tokyo and is the most important and popular Shinto temple in Tokyo, crowds of tourists and locals come to see or do engagement ceremonies. The temple has many worship and prayer buildings. In fact, the temple is located in a huge forest. Every citizen who wants to contribute plants a tree there and thus the forest is full of a variety of trees planted by the citizens in honor of the emperor. The temple is being restored after being bombed in World War II. It has a beautiful engagement garden, the entrance to which is paid. And there is also a house for a well that is considered a source, a place where you can get energies Various ceremonies and festivals are held in and around the temple throughout the year, as well as food fairs and live performances, you should be informed beforehand and schedule for the days when there are festivals.
    Visited May 2023
    Traveled as a couple
    Written August 9, 2023
  • carloscharmy
    Bangkok, Thailand781 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Tranquil oasis
    Meiji Jingu is a tranquil oasis in bustling Tokyo. I highly recommend arriving early to savor its serene beauty without the crowds. This historical shrine offers a peaceful retreat to disconnect from city life. The towering Torii gate and lush forested pathways create a unique atmosphere, making it a must-visit destination for those seeking a taste of Japan's rich cultural heritage.
    Visited April 2023
    Written August 19, 2023
  • PHLim_SG
    Singapore, Singapore138 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Mystical Meiji Jingu: Tokyo's Spiritual Gem of Dreams and Sake!
    Step into the heart of Tokyo, and you'll discover a sacred haven like no other – Meiji Jingu Shrine. This hallowed ground is a vibrant tapestry of tradition, spirituality, and community, drawing locals and wanderers alike, especially during festive times. As you enter this ethereal realm, your senses will be captivated by a sight that's as enchanting as it is symbolic: rows upon rows of immense vats, brimming with the golden nectar of Japanese rice wine, known as sake. Each vat stands as a testament to the devotion of businesses and individuals, a heartfelt offering to usher in a year filled with prosperity and blessings. But the true heart of Meiji Jingu lies in the "wishing board." Picture it as a canvas of dreams, adorned with wishes from people of every walk of life. Students, their hopes set on academic success, etch their aspirations onto its surface. Couples, their hearts full of love, pen their desires for the pitter-patter of tiny feet. Individuals, in pursuit of well-being, inscribe their yearning for good health and happiness. Here, in this sacred sanctuary, dreams take flight and hopes find their voice. Meiji Jingu is a place where the wishes of countless souls converge, creating an atmosphere that's brimming with positivity and possibility. So, fellow travelers, when you find yourself in Tokyo, make it a point to wander through the sacred gates of Meiji Jingu. Experience the spiritual resonance, witness the devotion in sake vats, and let the wishes of the world inspire you. It's a place where dreams are woven into the very fabric of the shrine, and where the spirit of Japan's culture and traditions come alive.
    Visited July 2023
    Traveled with family
    Written September 13, 2023
  • Andy F
    Devizes, United Kingdom1,252 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    A Peaceful & Beautiful Place
    A wonderful place to visit. The car park is well away from the shrine itself, which is approached through tree-lined paths & walkways. Gradually you lose the noise of the city. There are walls of sake containers & wine barrels waiting to be blessed. The shrine complex itself has a number of buildings, including the shrine itself. There are stalls, and toilets nearby. We were lucky enough to see an early-morning line of young novitiates heading into the shrine. A very calm & peaceful place.
    Visited August 2023
    Traveled with friends
    Written September 26, 2023
  • sudeep912
    401 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Temple
    Meiji Jingu is a shinto shrine. Situated in a vast area.This is done by emperor Meiji and empress Sloken, when he was bringing in changing Japan to modern times with Japans cultural. They are considered to be Kami,the divine spirit. There is a museum, Garden and walk paths.
    Visited March 2023
    Traveled with friends
    Written October 10, 2023
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RobertKona
Kailua-Kona, HI48 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2020
As an Historic shrine right behind Harajuku Station we decided to go. Two days after New Year there were still large crowds going to the shrine but it is amazing how security and the people maintain order. Its located in a forest within Tokyo and you can't hear any sounds of the city. If you've seen a lot of shrines it may not be high on you list of things to see. There were so many people visiting the shrine for Hatsumode that we didn't really have a good look at the shrine.
Written January 13, 2020
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Emma C
Godalming, UK2,933 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Nov 2019 • Solo
I came here (for probably the 5th time overall) on a really wet and miserable day in November. It was terrible weather but off I went anyway. The walk from Harajuku station seemed longer than usual and definitely with less people but there is just something about that walk that transports you from the madness of downtown Tokyo to the serenity of Meiji Jingu.

The buildings and grounds are really special...as is the massive collection of sake barrels that you pass on your way in...some of them are works of art!

I was privileged enough to see a marriage ceremony going on too...it was lovely.

I don't think anyone should go to Tokyo and not visit here!

You can get here from JR Harajuku station or via Meiji-Jingu station on the metro. Easy!
Written February 8, 2020
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jktrock
Baumholder, Germany1,236 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2020 • Family
I am sure there are tons of info on internet, but just a couple of points from personal experience: definitely go during a week on a non-holiday. Even then it’ll be busy. For travelers with kids, there are public restrooms at the shrine, behind the gates with the train station name. O the photos it’s behind the gate to Sangubashi Station. Also by these restrooms is a well where you can do the washing rituals. Empty, no people. As opposed to the well in the front of the main entrance overcrowded with tourists
Written February 20, 2020
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Daphne M
Cardiff, UK241 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2024 • Couples
We visited this temple on our tour of Japan. We were lucky enough to be accompanied by our very knowledgeable guide who explained the history of the shrine and the significance of the Meiji restoration. You enter the site via an impressive Tori gate and suddenly find yourself immersed in a peaceful forest in the middle of the city! The shrine and surrounding grounds are beautiful and I would highly recommend including this in your itinerary. You can check your fortune too! You might get lucky.
Written April 9, 2024
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Stefanie H
Lincoln, NE1,656 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2023
We accessed this shrine from the Harajuku station, and it was a very short walk. It is crazy how the city becomes a peaceful forest! We were prepared to be underwhelmed at first because the torii gate is wood, so it doesn't have a huge impact; however, the interior of the complex is huge and really fun to see! You can get your fortune and goshuin, buy amulets, and the indoor gift shop is very nice. It is free to enter the shrine, although the interior gardens do have a small admission fee. It's so close to Harajuku that I would highly recommend a stop here.
Written June 21, 2023
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Rodman100
Wellington, New Zealand754 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2023 • Solo
The temple is surrounded by woodland and takes about 20 minutes from the Torii shrine gate entrance. Entrance to the site is free, but there is a 500 yen fee for upkeep if you want to walk around the lake. Currently the treasure museum is closed. You can write and leave votive offerings if you wish. There is a cafe on site.
Written October 27, 2023
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Dioc
Athens, GA179 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2019
The entrance is located near the metro station. Once you pass under the first Torii Gate it is a long walk to the Shrine through a park like setting. It was opened in 1920 to honor Emperor and Empress Meiji. The two large Torii gates are the largest in Japan and made from cypress trees more than 1700 years old. While we were there we experienced a wedding procession with the wedding party in traditional Japanese dress. A wonderful experience.
Written June 12, 2020
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HotRodHeart
France138 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Sep 2019
First of all, please remember that this is a religious place. So please show some respect and don't be one of the morrons who think it's ok to pose and dance for your latest insta, or shout and be loud...

Very refreshing place when not overcrouded by tourists. Avoid the weekends ;)
The forest around is huge, and the park just after is a nice place to relax.
Written March 22, 2020
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M KK
England, UK257 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2020 • Solo
A very peaceful shrine you could learn about the Japanese history. The shrine is very large in the heart of Tokyo city center and just next to JR Yamanote line - Harajuku station. A very refreshing walk from the entrance for a round walk. You could make a wish in the shrine and get some traditional souvenir from there.
A nice spot to learn about the history of Japan.
Written April 3, 2020
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Raymond
Los Angeles, CA958 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Nov 2019 • Solo
If there is a place that can make you forget you’re in a huge bustling city like Tokyo, walking towards this shrine is the place!
You start walking into an area that is nicely wooden and gives you the impression that you are walking through some wilderness towards the shrine.
The shrine itself was nice and is definitely worth a stop if you have some time in Tokyo.
It’s a nice escape from the busy-ness of this cool city.
Written October 7, 2020
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