While the first incarnation of the shrine was burned down in WWII, the rebuild was completed exactly like the original and celebrates Emperor Meiji and his wife, who transformed Japan into a modern country while still valuing its traditions. Even though it was ‘early’, many people were coming in to do their last shrine visits for the year and there were lots of stalls setting up their New Year markets. We also saw heard some drumming and saw some suited people very close to the inside of the shrine, leading us to believe that they were VIPs. Great for a look, and the parkland is nice for some exploring.
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