Meiji Jingu

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Dedicated to the deified spirits of Emperor Meiji and Empress Shoken, Meiji Shrine is a tranquil space only a stone's throw from the hectic streets of Harajuku. The central complex features an impressive courtyard headed by the honden (the main hall) along with the hall of Shinto music and dance and the juyosho for amulets and seals. There are frequent weddings held in this area and visitors are able to watch the elegant processions from a respectful distance. Couples can pray for their relationship at the sacred rope linking two ancient trees and prayers can be made at the main hall. One of the highlights of the Shrine complex is its surrounding forests and gardens, however. Hand-planted as a resting place for the Emperor and his consort's souls, the cypress forest is a shady haven in summer. The 100,000 trees were donated from across Japan and internationally, now towering above the pathways that wind through them. Upon entering the sacred grounds, visitors will step through an impressive 12m tall cypress torii gate, stopping to bow beforehand if they prefer. The inner garden is known for its iris collection and was designed by the emperor for his wife's enjoyment. During the 19th century, Emperor Meiji oversaw the opening of Japan's borders and a move towards modernisation known as the Meiji Restoration. A fan of wine and western fashion, the Emperor was popular both in Japan and abroad and small hints can be found throughout the Shrine complex. A prime example is a display of French wine barrels that sit across from the traditional kazaridaru - straw-bound sake barrels used to store donations from brewers across Japan. More about the emperor's legacy and the shrine's history can be found in the Meiji Jingu Museum, designed by renowned architect Kengo Kuma. Entry Shrine Complex: Free Museum: 1000 yen Inner Garden: 500 yen Opening Hours Shrine Complex: Sunrise - Sunset Museum: 10am - 4.30pm (closed Thursdays) Inner Garden: 10am - 4.30pm (4pm Nov - Feb)
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  • 1-1 Yoyogikamizonochō, Shibuya City, Tōkyō-to 151-8557, Japan
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