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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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  • This temple is one of the biggest ones in Tokyo. Very authentic and spiritual. We saw a ceremony. This is a place in my TOP 5 to visit in a Tokyo 
    This temple is one of the biggest ones in Tokyo. Very authentic and spiritual. We saw a ceremony. This is a place in my TOP 5 to visit in a Tokyo  more »
  • Meiji Shrine, the most ancient temple in Tokyo, is located in Yoyogi Park, in the heart of Shibuya, and this makes it a relaxing oasis among the chaos of Tokyo; it honours the most progressivist... 
    Meiji Shrine, the most ancient temple in Tokyo, is located in Yoyogi Park, in the heart of Shibuya, and this makes it a relaxing oasis among the chaos of Tokyo; it honours the most progressivist...  more »
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  • First Shrine I visited while I was in Japan in Nov. It was a long walk in till you reach the Shrine. You can throw a coin and make a prayer at the main sanctuary (do note you can't take photos/videos of the main sanctuary where people pray as well as the souvenir stalls.) You can also purchase a hanging tablet at ¥500 & write your wishes or gratitude on it to hang near the tree. There's a divine tree that represents good relations of husband and wife. I happened to witness a wedding procession during my visit there, was eye-opening! On your way out, do try the savory Dango sold at Forest Terrace! It's delicious!
  • 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.

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