Meiji Jingu

A densely forested area of 170 acres lies between Shinjuku and Harajuku and is home to Tokyo’s most popular shrine, Meiji Jingu Shrine. Giant cedar trees shade the vast park, and with walking trails as wide as highways, the park leading to the shrine is a major respite from city life. The two torii gates that officially welcome you into the sacred spot are 40 feet high. The shrine itself is everything you were hoping it would be. The best aspect of wandering Meiji Jingu Shrine is that you’re more than likely to see a traditional Shinto wedding procession walking across the courtyard. On busy weekends, the shrine is the venue for about 15 weddings per day. Make sure to stand in awe in front of the wall of ornate sake barrels wrapped in hay. It’s located to the south of the shrine on the main pathway to Harajuku.

Meiji Jingu is located within the sprawling, well-kept grounds of Yoyogi park near Harajuku and Shibuya. This massive shrine is not just beautiful, but a peaceful oasis of tranquility from the bustling Tokyo streets.

A densely forested area of 170 acres lies between Shinjuku and Harajuku and is home to Tokyo’s most popular shrine. Giant cedar trees shade the vast park, and with walking trails as wide as highways, the park leading to the shrine is a major respite from city life. The two torii gates that officially welcome you into the sacred spot are 40 feet high. The shrine itself is everything you were hoping it would be. The best aspect of wandering Meiji Jingu Shrine is that you’re more than likely to see a traditional Shinto wedding procession walking across the courtyard. On busy weekends, the shrine is the venue for about 15 weddings per day. Make sure to stand in awe in front of the wall of ornate sake barrels wrapped in hay. It’s located to the south of the shrine on the main pathway to Harajuku.

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