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Meiji Shrine

Tokyo, Meiji-jingu Shrine Meiji ShrineMeiji Shrine is a Shinto shrine, and is spread just west of JR Harajuku station. In Japanese, it is called "Meiji Jinguu".

In 1912, Emperor Meiji Emperor passed way. And in 1914, Empress Shoken passed away.
After that, many people requested the construction of the Emperor and Empress's memorial shrine.
So the government decided the construction in 1915, then the shrine was completed in 1920.
(In 1926, Meiji-Jingu Gaien was completed as a memorial garden.)

It has an area of 70 hectsres, and the whole area is covered with forest.
Every day, many people visit here. Especially more than three million worshippers, the largest number in Japan, visit here during the first three days of the New Year.

Additionally every year in the early January, Yokozuna wrestlers, the highest rank of sumo wrestler, dedicate the entering-the-ring ceremony to this shrine.

Meiji Shrine official website

How to get to this area

By JR

  • Harajuku station (Yamanote Line).

By subway

  • Meiji-jingu-mae (Chiyoda, Fukutoshin Lines) 



Torii gate at entrance of Meiji Shrine
An approach of Meiji Shrine
The gate to main shrine
Main shrine of Meiji Shrine
Inner shrine of Meiji Shrine
Wedding ceremony in Meiji Shrine
Ema in Meiji Shrine
Lucky charms selling in Meiji Shrine

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