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Meiji Jingu Shrine, Tokyo

Updated: Nov 29, 2023

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Meiji Jingu Shrine, Tokyo


Meiji Jingu is a Shinto Shrine established in 1920, dedicated to the deified spirits of Emperor Meiji and his wife, Empress Shoken.

100.000 trees donated from all over the country were planted to create the forest surrounding the shrine.

How to get to Meiji Jingu Shrine

There are quite a few options when it comes to stations close to the Shrine - Yoyogi, Kita-sando and Sangubashi Station on the North Side and Harajuku and Meiji-jingumae Station in the Southern Part of the Shrine.

Meiji Jingu Shrine, Tokyo

Opening times/price

It is open daily (open at sunrise and closes at sunset). Admission to the Shrine and Forest around it is free, but there is a fee for entering the Meiji Jingu Museum (1000 Yen) and the Inner Garden (500 Yen).

Visiting the Shrine and the forest takes around 1-2 hours to visit, and at least an extra 30-45 minutes for the museum and Inner Garden.

Meiji Jingu Shrine, Tokyo

The museum was opened in 2020, marking 100 years since Meiji Jingu was founded. It displays articles related to or which belonged to the Emperor and Empress.

It is open from 10 am to 4:30 pm and it's closed on Thursdays.

The Garden (Gyoen) is open daily, from 9 am to 4.30 pm.

Meiji Jingu Shrine, Tokyo

I have been on a walk in Meiji Jingu at least 3-4 times now and it's one of my favourite places to be in Tokyo when I'm looking for a bit of peace, quiet and nature.

As busy and crowded as Tokyo gets, it has some amazing places which feel quite surreal considering how serene they can be.

Meiji Jingu Shrine, Tokyo

Meiji Jingu was on my 'to see' list the first time I went to Japan, as well as on my most recent trip, and I'll honestly have it on my list for my next visit. Walking through its alleys is a beautiful and peaceful stroll in any season and if you happen to be in Tokyo, I highly recommend you visit it.

Meiji Jingu Shrine, Tokyo

Have you ever been to the Meiji Jingu Shrine? If so, what was your experience like?

I hope life is treating you well.

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