Meiji Jingu shrine (明治神宮), located next to the famous Harajuku station, is dedicate to Emperor Meiji and his wife, Empress Shoken. Meiji Jingu Shrine is one of the most famous tourist attractions representing Tokyo. It is also a popular place to visit for the local people. During the new year, when Japanese people visit the temples and shrines for the first time after the new year starts to ask for good luck for the coming year, Meiji Jingu shrine is famous for having the most visitors among all others in Japan. From the 31st of December to the 3rd of January, there are approximately 3 million people visiting Meiji Jingu!
Located next to the popular shopping area, Harajuku, you’ll be surprised to find such a spacious Shrine, full of greens and even comes with a garden!
Meiji Jingu Shrine is a famous power spot in Tokyo, especially for bringing good relationships. When visiting Tokyo, you should find a chance to visit and receive some positive powers from the Shrine ✨
You will see a magnificent Torii at the entrance of Meiji Jingu. This torii is the biggest wooden torii in Japan. The tree that was used are brought to Japan from Taiwan, Alishan. The type of tree is called Hinoki, the tee was originally 1500 years old! The current torii is actually the second one, the first one was broken in 1966 due to thunder, and the current one was finished in the end of year 1975. Both of the toriis are both made by Hinoki from Alishan.
On the sando (参道) of Meiji Jingu, you can see the wines presented to the Shrine from Bourgogne, France.
There are also Japanese sake that are presented to Meiji Jingu.
Entering the main grounds of Meiji Jingu, different from the sando, a wide and open area will be in front of you.
Facing the worship hall (looking at the photo above, the building in the middle of the two trees), on the right hand side, you will find the famous “Couple camphor tree.” This couple camphor tree is said to bring good relationships for couples and safety to homes. You can receive strong energies by worshiping the trees.
For people who would like to strengthen their relationships with their partner or find a good relationship, you should definitely worship here!
One thing to remember is that the two trees are tied together with the special rope, Shimenawa, which means that these trees are sacred trees where god will be at, so it is not allowed to touch the trees.
At Meiji Jingu, you won’t find the Omikuji (おみくじ) that you’ll usually find at other shrines and temples, instead you’ll have the chance to pick out a Waka (和歌) created by Emperor Meiji and his wife, Empress Shoken. Since waka are poetries, there are no levels of luck, so there are no need to leave the bad luck omikujis in the grounds of the shrines.
But you will be able to see the places for hanging Ema (絵馬). Why not write your wishes and pray at the shrine for it to come true? But do remember you will need to return and visit the shrine and thank the god for helping your wish come true some day!
Meiji Jingu is not only popular for worshiping and receiving positive energies, it is also popular for weddings.
Often time you will see wedding ceremonies at Meiji Jingu, especially on weekends.
You may be luck to have the chance to see how traditional Japanese weddings look like and what clothes the newly weds wear.
And at Meiji Jingu, you can also find Meiji Jingu gyoen (明治神宮御苑), which is the garden of the shrine. At this garden, the famous view you can see in the summer will be the Japanese iris (ハナショウブ, 花菖蒲) in June.
The blooming season is usually around early~mid June to early July.
The photo was taken in early June, so it was a bit early to see all the iris in full bloom, but hopefully will get another chance to see the lovely view!
One other often visited spot in Meiji Jingu gyoen is the well called Kiyomasa no Ido (清正井).
There are many different stories about this well, the history and the positive / negative energy from this well, are all uncertified. But it is a rare well in Tokyo where water continues coming out from the ground. The temperature of the water stays around 15 degrees through out the whole year and every minute there are about 60ℓ of water coming out from the ground.
This well have be introduced on TV as a strong power spot for receiving positive energies, when the tv program was shown in the 2009, there were time when you have to wait for a few hours in line!
The best time to visit the Kiyomasa no Ido is before noon, the sunlight will be perfect for a lovely photo as well. You can step on the stone around he well and look down on to the well. Enjoy the clear water and receive some positive energy from Kiyomasa no Ido. But be careful because it is not allowed to touch the water.
In Meiji Jingu gyoen, you can also enjoy the beautiful autumn leaves in late November to early December. You can see the different looks of this garden and the Meiji Jingu Shrine itself when visiting at different seasons.
Information for Meiji Jingu Shrine (明治神宮)
- 〒151-8557 Tōkyō-to, Shibuya-ku, Yoyogikamizonochō, １−１ (〒151-8557 東京都渋谷区代々木神園町１−１)
* (the walking time is from the station to the worship hall / main grounds)
- Harajuku station (原宿駅), Omotesando exit / Meiji Jingu Mae station (明治神宮前駅); 11 minutes on foot
- Yoyogi station (代々木駅) / Kita-sando station (北参道駅); 11 minutes in foot
- Sangubashi station (参宮橋駅), 9 minutes on foot
- Opening hours
The opening hours changes every month beecaouse this shrine opens at sunrise and closes at sunset. Open throughout the year.
* On December 31st, the shrine is open throughout the night.
- January: 06:40〜16:20
- February: 06:20〜16:50
- March: 05:40〜17:20
- April: 05:10〜17:50
- May: 05:00〜18:10
- June: 05:00〜18:30
- July: 05:00〜18:20
- August: 05:00〜18:00
- September: 05:20〜17:20
- October: 05:40〜16:40
- November: 06:10〜16:10
- December: 06:40〜16:00
- Open throughout the year
- Free to worship
- Meiji Jingu Shrine (Japanese only)
Information for Meiji Jingu Gyoen (明治神宮御苑)
- Opening hours
- March – October: 09:00～16:30
- November – February: 09:00～16:00
- June: 08:00～17:00 / On Saturday & Sunday: 08:00〜18:00
- Open throughout the year
- Flowers’ blooming period
- usually around early~mid June to early July
- 500 JPY
- Cash only
- Meiji Jingu Gyoen (Japanese only)
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