Meiji-Jingu Shrine, Tokyo
One of the most important Shinto shrines in Japan, Meiji-jingu was constructed in 1920 in honor of Emperor Meiji and Empress Shoken. 30 years later it was destroyed along with most of Tokyo in the incendiary bombing of WWII. It was rebuilt in 1958, preserving the classical style. Particularly impressive are the huge torii gate that tower over the entrances to the park and shrine. The shrine is surrounded by a sprawling park that provides some very pleasant and peaceful walks.
It was originary compound of the Meiji Shrine. June is the best season to view the flower garden. There are lot more building structure around this area include Meiji Memorial Gallery, Baseball stadium, National Stadium(Olympic stadium).
On the way to the main gate of the shrine, you are actually takes about 5 minutes walk. My advice is to bring some water along as you may need it specially on summer.
Shrine that dedicated to the deity of Emperor Meiji. Emperor Meiji was the first emperor of modern Japan. The Meiji Shrine was completed in 1920, and rebuilt after being destroyed in World War Two. It is located in a wooded park area next to Yoyogi Park in Tokyo. Various events and festivals are celebrated at the shrine throughout the year.
I had forgotten till near the end of my trip to make a stop here. While there is little to describe, this is a must see stop in Tokyo. Due to the destruction of much of Tokyo during WWII many of the cultural sites are gone, leaving Meiji as a very special green area in the middle of this giant city to visit. This is a comfortable walk from the enterence through a wooded but defined paths till you get to the shrine itself. It was just special to see it, be sure to check out the gift shop, always something to grab there and they aren't to expensive either.
This was a veyr quiet day on my visit but a memorable one, something defintely to add to your things to see.
O.k., if you aren't going to get out of Tokyo, check out the Meiji Shrine. It's big, and it's a shrine, and if you're not a big history buff, than it might get tired if you see a lot of them. If you don't see a lot of them, though, check out the Meiji Shrine. This one is pretty important because it's the shrine for the first emperor of modern Japan and his consort. Yoyogi park is right around the corner, too, if you're in a walking mood, but be careful of the evil-black-raven-bloodsucking birds. Someone told me if you'd make eye contact with them, they'd try to eat your face. They were big enough that I didn't test his theory.
Within the serene grounds of the shrine, you'd almost forget that it's a frenzied world out there at Harajuku.
You may also get an opportunity to witness a bridal procession or view the chrysanthemum exhibits during autumn. Some of the chrysanthemums are so big and tall they look almost like sunflowers.
This is Tokyo's most venerable Shinto shrine, opened in 1920 in honor of Emperor and Empress Meiji, who were instrumental in opening Japan to the outside world more than 120 years ago. Japan's two largest torii (the traditional entry gate of a shrine), built of cypress more than 1,700 years old, give dramatic entrance to the grounds. The shaded pathway is lined with trees, shrubs, and dense woods. The shrine is a fine example of dignified and refined Shinto architecture. It's made of plain Japanese cypress and topped with green-copper roofs.
The shrine is open from sunrise to sunset and admission is free. Inner Garden open 9:00-16:30. Admission
This is Tokyo's most venerable Shinto shrine, opened in 1920 in honor of Emperor and Empress Meiji, who were instrumental in opening Japan to the outside world a hundred years ago. Two torii (the traditional entry gate of a shrine), Japan's largest, built of cypress more than 1,700 years old, give dramatic entrance to the grounds, once the estate of a daimyo lord. The shaded pathway is lined with trees, shrubs, and a dense wood. The shrine itself, about a 10-minute walk from the first torii, is a fine example of dignified and refined Shinto architecture. It's made of plain Japanese cypress and topped with green-copper roofs. Meiji Jingu Shrine is the place to be on New Year's Eve, when more than two million people crowd onto the grounds to usher in the New Year
Go to Yoyogi park and meiji Shrine (Tokyo's premier Shinto Shrine).
Inside the grounds of Yoyogi park is Meiji Shrine (meiji-jingu) which is a short walk up a shingled drive from the bridge next to the station. This was built as a symbol of imperial power and Japanese racial superiority in the early 1900's. There is a huge Tori gate and its a peaceful place if you can avoid the crowds as it is set in the woods of the park.
Of interest also is the cheap market that is held on Sundays next to the park and the young Japanese who dress up in Nurses uniforms, gothic outfits and frilly dresses and just hang around outside the station.
There are still raves held in the park on some Sundays I think.
See the Ikebana flower arrangement done by Japanese ladies in Kimono at Meiji Jingu Shrine, the flower arrangement are beautiful presented.
Sake kegs near the entrance of the Meiji Jingu Shrine. They are empty Sake kegs which are decorated by the people who have donated them to the shrine.
Meji is the largest and most popular of the Tokyo shrines. It is particularly popular as a wedding spot. They also have folk dance presentations here that shouldn't be missed.
It's too bad for me to think that this was a performance inside meijijingu until I discovered it is a real Japanese Wedding Ceremony.
A Japanese Wedding ceremony was going on when we visited Meiji-jingu Shrine. The poor couple became the backdrop of photo taking for foreign travellers :-(
The blooming iris garden is fantastic!! It has collection of many different species all over Japan. Many people come and make sketches on the iris. Should never be missed if you visit Japan in June!