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Meiji Jingu, Shibuya

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Pay your respects to the deified Emperor Meiji and his wife, Empress Shoken, at Meiji Jingu, 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 and other attractions mapped out and timetabled.
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  • I love this Shrine. It is right in the heart of Tokyo but once you are though the gates it is like you are on a mountain or in a distant forest somewhere far from the city.  more »
  • Love the shrine and the park. It’s better to go there before 11am before it gets crowded. It’s so beautiful and peaceful. There is a lot to see.  more »
  • Set in a nice park, and requiring some walking from the train station, it's a shrine which is similar to few others in the city. True that each has its on story and uniquness, but still... we did see ...  more »
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  • Le temple Meiji Jingu est l'un de ces endroits de Tokyo où il faut impérativement aller pour s'imprégner de la culture japonaise. Ce site situé dans un bois est magique. On sent vraiment le "zen" transpirer du lieu. Tout est parfait et complètement pensé par ses concepteurs. Les matériaux sont nobles et les couleurs sont extraordinaires. L'entrée est gratuite.
  • PSA: The main temple is undergoing renovation for its reopening in 2020, so be prepared to not be able to visit the main temple building. This is easily one of my top tourist attractions in Tokyo, despite me not being able to visit the main temple building due to renovation works. The entire area housing the shrine is huge, where guests need to walk past tall forest trees and gravel roads before reaching the shrine. Meiji Shrine does not feel like the metropolitan Tokyo at all, with it being surrounded by nature. It felt like I was out in the countryside. Really enjoyed the serene and peaceful vibe given off by this place, as well as the fresh air. A good break from the hectic atmosphere of Tokyo where you can just stroll leisurely and admire the nature and historical building. Just make sure to bring water, some snacks and dress comfortably as there is quite a bit of walking involved.
  • A very serene and quiet place in the middle of a bustling city. A very nice park to have a walk and to take a break from the crowds in the city. A beautiful shrine (but it was under renovation when I went so didn't see too much).
  • Incredible place! You can even write a prayer. It is polite to wash your hands and mouth before entering which we didn't know until we left. The surrounding forest is beautiful and very tranquil.
  • What a serene place in the middle of Tokyo next to Harajuku! Some autumn colors line the path to the Meiji Shrine and the impressive bird gates along the way were quite a sight as well. Simply an amazing place to visit!

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