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“Serenity in the middle of Tokyo”
Review of Meiji Jingu Shrine

Meiji Jingu Shrine
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Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
Owner description: 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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“Serenity in the middle of Tokyo”
Reviewed January 4, 2013

Forget the ostensible temples of Thailand, Meiji is subtle, serene, calm...
The garden complex of the temple site is worth a visit just as much as the temple itself - most tourists tend to skip it but it's an all-year-round-treat.

Met a japanese photographer who handed me some bird seeds. It seems the birds of the garden are not afraid to eat out of your hand. The small well at the end of the walk is also a sweet site.

The temple itself is a functioning one with wedding ceremonies, men and women in traditional japanese garb, people throwing coings, clapping their hands or washing them at the special pavilions at each entry point.

Meiji Jingu is a magnificent place to spend a few hours away from the hustle and bustle of Tokyo. It's a rebirth of the senses.

Visited December 2012
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“Maybe this is what they call zen?”
Reviewed January 4, 2013

The place is calm. Only the sound of water and bird singing. Long walk from subway station, but it's not tiring...Once inside, there are wedding ceremonies. Ladies on traditional kimono. So many colors.

Visited November 2012
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Melbourne, Victoria, Australia
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“Beautiful shrine in Tokyo”
Reviewed December 27, 2012

Meiji Jingu is a beautiful, serene shrine right next to Harajuku station, and it was nice to have the juxtaposition of ancient and modern Japan right next to each other. It's worth visiting to see the rows of sake barrels and the beautifully kept shrine itself, which is airy and light. The charms sold here are more expensive than the other temples, but are very pretty. We were also lucky to spot a Japanese bride during our visit - apparently wedding ceremonies are commonly held here. The shrine is just a short walk away from Harajuku and Omotesando, and is definitely worth a visit.

Visited December 2012
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“Tranquility & Peace In The Heart of Tokyo”
Reviewed December 26, 2012

Love the tranquility and peaceful-ness that Meiji Jingu brings admist the bustle and business of Tokyo (Harajuku, Omoetanso) ... Depsite winter season, nice to see lush greenery (the park surrounding the shrine itself) ... Also had the opportunity to witness a Japanese wedding right midst in the compound. A must-visit for 1st timers coming into Tokyo!

Visited December 2012
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“Beautiful temple”
Reviewed December 23, 2012

Personally I find it very weird that there's such a huge temple that resides in the Shibuya and Harujuku area. And what makes me surprised was the air and the peacefulness in this temple. Despite the rest of the whole Tokyo that's busy and polluted but not Meiji Temple. It has that fresh scent from the trees.

I saw traditional Japanese weddings on a Saturday and it's quite impressive to be honest.

Visited December 2012
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