Meiji Jingu Shrine, Shibuya

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Pay your respects to the deified Emperor Meiji and his wife, Empress Shoken, at Meiji Jingu Shrine, a Shinto shrine surrounded by a forested area crisscrossed with peaceful walking paths. At the temple itself, visitors give offerings, buy amulets and charms, and reflect on and write out their wishes. Walk through the treasure house to see belongings of the emperor and empress, and visit the museum annex next door, which hosts temporary exhibitions. Note that photography is not permitted within the temple’s halls. For travelers who use our world travel planner, Tokyo holidays become easier to arrange, with trips to the Meiji Jingu Shrine and other attractions mapped out and timetabled.
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  • A really nice place if youre looking to walk and experience cultural constructions and a peaceful forest  more »
  • I don't go to the crowded time. I think good so no trouble when I take pictures during the week. Some people there also the distance to the main shrine, I am tired. I think it even go once again. It can be in deeper than the main how nokyo-sho. 500 yen is carefully written with a brush, so I am happy. You will also have to wait pretty season.
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  • Located near Harajuku Station, extensive territory. We were at the weekend, was quite a lot of people in traditional robes. Near one of the exits of delicious sweets. Very nice place for a stroll.
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  • An oasis of quiet in the middle of Tokyo. Very nice wide walkways surrounded by forest. The shrine itself was under construction and not too accessible, but the natural beauty of the walks more than made up for it. Perfect place to spend some time walking and a great way to get out of the summer heat and into some shade.
  • One of the largest shrines in Tokyo area I have seen, very well covered with lush green trees. Giant Tori gates are very welcoming. During new year the place is super crowded.
  • PSA: The main temple is undergoing renovation for its reopening in 2020, so be prepared to not be able to visit the main temple building. This is easily one of my top tourist attractions in Tokyo, despite me not being able to visit the main temple building due to renovation works. The entire area housing the shrine is huge, where guests need to walk past tall forest trees and gravel roads before reaching the shrine. Meiji Shrine does not feel like the metropolitan Tokyo at all, with it being surrounded by nature. It felt like I was out in the countryside. Really enjoyed the serene and peaceful vibe given off by this place, as well as the fresh air. A good break from the hectic atmosphere of Tokyo where you can just stroll leisurely and admire the nature and historical building. Just make sure to bring water, some snacks and dress comfortably as there is quite a bit of walking involved.
  • One step inside the massive tori gate and you realize why this is one of the top places to visit in Japan. Truly beautiful shrine and you can get omikuji in the form of a poem. If you are in Tokyo this is a must visit!
  • Home of the 47 Ronin. A beautiful place. The best time is in February when they honour the 47 with a huge festival.

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