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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Meiji Jingu Shrine Reviews
大安吉日と重なりかなりの参拝者でしたが、ゆっくりと拝観出来ました。 一歩足を踏み出すと、空気が一変します。心穏やかになり、深呼吸したくなります。マイナスイオン出まくりです。お疲れの方、悩み事ある方リフレッシュ出来ますよ。 more »It was quite a visitor, but I was able to see it slowly. If you take a step, the air will change completely. It makes you calm and you want to take a deep breath. It is a negative ion out. If you are tired, you can refresh those who have troubles.
訪れたのは１０月の末、七五三の家族を多く見かけ、又日曜日ということもあり結婚式というか花嫁姿も多く見かけた。 参道へ入ると周りの木々のおかげか、それまでとは違い涼しさを感じるようになった。 参道では行き帰りの人が多くいたが、聞こえる言葉は外国の言葉が多かったと感じた。 そしていろいろな人種の人を見かけた。 参道は基本的には玉砂利がひき詰められているが、両端はそれぞれ幅２メートルほど舗装状態に（一部... more »At the end of October, I saw many Families of Shichigosan, and because it was Sunday, I saw many weddings or brides. When I entered the approach, I began to feel cool, unlike the trees around me. There were a lot of people on the approach, but I felt that there were a lot of foreign words that I could hear. And, the person of various races was seen. The approach is basically packed with gravel, but each end of the road is paved about 2 meters wide (there are only some one side) and wheelchairs are available, making it easy to walk.
Second time visiting Meiji Shrine, and it was still well worth it. The first time was during an off season so there were relatively fewer tourists and foot traffic. It was more serene and a natural beauty. The second time was during New Year’s, a crowded time for tourists and native Japanese people making their wishes for the new year. It was a completely different experience. Aside from the throngs of people, being able to participate in this community and tradition was very special. Just be sure to respect the customs, maybe do some research on Shrine etiquette 101. Don’t be too loud or stand in the middle of gates. Be careful to note areas where photos are prohibited. There are plenty of talismans to buy and special New Year’s talismans such as arrows and boar themed wood talismans. I would recommend this be your only temple to visit if you are only in Tokyo a short time. It is a bit of a walk, so travel light and comfortable. There are plenty of signs and announcements in English, Japanese, and Mandarin so don’t fret any language barriers.
Meiji Jingu area is gigantic, lots to do, lots to see. The temple in and off itself and awesome in size. It is iconic, due to its traditional architecture in such an big metropolis like Tokyo. The shops around the area are filled with goodies of all kinds, some are relics of a time long gone. The streets are very photogenic filled with small restaurants and traditional looking shops. Worth a visit and a walk all around.
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