Highlights and access methods of Meiji Shrine (Tokyo Prefecture)

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Meiji Shrine, located in Shibuya Ward, Tokyo, is a Shinto shrine that enshrines Emperor Meiji and Empress Shoken. Despite being in the city, it is surrounded by a vast forest and enveloped in tranquility. The shrine grounds include a beautiful garden planted with irises and a treasury house, along with power spots like the 'Kiyomasa's Well'. The shrine has the highest number of visitors in Japan for the New Year's first shrine visit, and is deeply loved by many.

In this article, we will explain the attractions of Meiji Shrine in Tokyo Prefecture and how to access it for those who are traveling to Japan from overseas.

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Highlights of Meiji Shrine

Meiji Shrine, located in Shibuya Ward, Tokyo, was established in the ninth year of the Taisho era. It venerates Emperor Meiji and Empress Shoken as deities. Meiji Shrine has the highest number of New Year's worshippers in Japan every year. It is also frequently used for wedding ceremonies and is cherished by many people.

The trees flourishing in the vast forest within the shrine grounds were not originally grown in this area, but were planted from all over the country. This forest, built with the intention to naturally grow for hundreds of years, is enveloped in deep silence, making it a place of seclusion from the hustle and bustle of Tokyo.

The Meiji Jingu Garden within the shrine grounds is home to about 150 varieties and 1,500 plants of iris, which bloom spectacularly in late June. There are also many important cultural assets displayed in the Treasure House, and there are spots known for their spiritual power such as the Kiyomasa Well and the Meoto Kusu (couple camphor trees). Please be sure to visit these when you come to worship.

Facilities for baseball and rugby, as well as the Meiji Memorial Hall where wedding receptions are held, are located a short distance away from Meiji Shrine, so please be aware. The Meiji Jingu Gaien is also known as a famous cherry blossom spot, and the 300m ginkgo tree-lined street turns golden in the autumn leaf season, attracting many tourists.

Address and access method of Meiji Shrine

The address of Meiji Jingu is "1-1 Yoyogi Kamizonocho, Shibuya-ku, Tokyo". The nearest station is JR Yoyogi Station if you go to "Yoyogi guchi". It's about 5 minutes walk from the station. If you go to "Sangubashi guchi", it will be Sangubashi Station on the Odakyu Line. It takes about 3 minutes on foot from the station. If you go to "Harajuku guchi", it will be JR Harajuku Station. It's about 1 minute walk from the station.

Attractions near Meiji Shrine

Several notable attractions are located near Meiji Shrine:

Known globally for its vibrant youth culture and unique street fashion, Harajuku is a bustling district lined with trendy boutiques, vintage stores, and themed cafes. Takeshita Street is the heart of the action, offering a kaleidoscope of colors, quirky shops, and delicious crepes and cotton candy stores. A must-visit for fashion enthusiasts.

Yoyogi Park
Just adjacent to Meiji Shrine, Yoyogi Park is one of Tokyo's largest city parks. It's a great place for picnics, jogging, or simply taking a relaxing walk. The park is known for its cherry blossom trees which bloom beautifully in spring and ginkgo trees which turn a stunning yellow in autumn.

Shibuya Crossing
A short walk from the shrine is the world-famous Shibuya Crossing, renowned as the busiest pedestrian crossing in the world. When the lights turn red, hundreds of people cross in every direction in what is known as "The Scramble". The sight is truly mesmerizing, especially from above.

Often referred to as Tokyo's Champs-Elysees, this tree-lined avenue is known for its high-end boutiques, upscale cafes, and architecturally impressive buildings. It's a great place for a leisurely stroll and to experience Tokyo's modern and stylish side.

Other information about Meiji Shrine

Official site about Meiji Shrine :


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( Written by Tatsuo Ikura )