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Meiji Jingu Shrine, Tokyo

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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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  • We went with an English speaking tour guide and it was well worth it. The Meiji shrine and learning about emperor Meiji is a must do when touring Tokyo given the importance to the modernization of.....  more
    We went with an English speaking tour guide and it was well worth it. The Meiji shrine and learning about emperor Meiji is a must do when touring Tokyo given the importance to the modernization of.....  more »
  • Been there in Summer, one of the most beautiful shrines in Japan. Besides the sometimes unbearable amount of visitors, coming from the North entrance, it feels like a complete change of scenery, like....  more
    Been there in Summer, one of the most beautiful shrines in Japan. Besides the sometimes unbearable amount of visitors, coming from the North entrance, it feels like a complete change of scenery, like....  more »
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  • Really enjoyed visiting Meiji Jingu while I was visiting Tokyo. I was fortunate enough to go a little bit after it had rained, so it was much less busy than it typically is. If you can go during less popular hours, it really helps to make this place even more of a serene little getaway within Tokyo. It's a great place for a nice walk, and if you're in Tokyo I would definitely recommend checking this place out.
  • It’s definitely not your typical shrine in terms of size. However, and due to its location near Harajuku and being actually in Shibuya, even if it can get tiring exploring the whole complex, there are many people who come, foreigners and locals alike. I’ve come here for a total of 3 times in the last 8 years and the volume of people seem to be almost the same, whether it’s winter or spring. There are many parts of the shrine that’s either paid, or freely accessible but you cannot take photos of. Also, you’d definitely wait to take turns to pray at the main shrine, or get your stamp, or buy your food, or use the toilet…you get the picture.

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