Meiji Jingu Shrine

Meiji Jingu Shrine © T.Sasaki

About Meiji Jingu Shrine

Meiji Jingu Shine is where Emperor Meiji and Empress Shoken are enshrined. In contrast to a Jinja (Shrine), a Jungu is usually a Shrine where the ancestors of Emperors and the Imperial Family are the main deity. Note that the word Jungu by itself usually refers to Ise Jingu Shrine in Mie Prefecture. Meiji Jingu Shrine was founded in 1920 and is considered to be a recent addition to shrines of Japan. It draws the largest number of worshipers for Hatsumode (First prayer at a Shrine or Temple at new years) in all of Japan. Although the grounds appear to be a forest surrounded by green trees, the afforestation is artificially created. Trees were collected from all parts of Japan to create this forest. There is a famous "power spot" called Kiyomasa-no-Ido Well but since it is crowded all of the time, it is best to head its direction before lunch. With the amount of greenery, it is difficult to believe that this shine exists in the middle of the city and is surrounded by buildings. Visitors can enjoy nature while in a major metropolitan city. Haiku poems read by Emperor Meiji can be found listed around the shrine property ("Gyosei" are poems read by the Emperor, "Outa" are poems read by the Empress). Visitors can enjoy learning about the culture while looking up these various poems while as they stroll the shrine.


Harajuku Station on the Yamanote Line is convenient. It is a 20 minute train ride on the Yamanote Line from Tokyo Station. Get off at Harajuku Station. Exit the station and proceed to the right (opposite of Omotesando Street). The main gate is located a few steps away. Though directions within the Shrine are also written in English, the property is vast so please take note of the various entrances and exits of the Shrine, which there are several. Harajuku-guchi exit is the most convenient when returning to the train station.

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Description: Meiji Jingu Shrine

Sights Meiji Jingu Shrine (明治神宮)
Address 151-8557 Tokyo, Shibuya-ku, Yoyogi Kamizono-cho 1-1
Phone / Fax Phone: 03-3379-5511 / Fax: 03-3379-5519
Duration 1Hour(s)
Closed dates Specific dates
Admission Fee Free admission
Recommended Season
Spring (March - May)
Summer (June - August) Autumn (September - November) Winter (December - February)
Recommended target Family Groups Child (ages 7-17) Adult (ages 20+) Single traveller

Map: Meiji Jingu Shrine