Although it wasn't completed until 1920, the Meiji Jingu Shrine has become one of the most popular places to visit in the Japanese capital. Both the shrine and the adjacent Yoyogi Park are right next to the busy Harajuku Train Station. The approximately 100,000 trees that make up Meiji Jingu Forest were planted during the construction of the shrine and donated from regions across the country.
Meiji Jingu Shrine was destroyed during World War II, but rebuilt shortly afterwards. It is dedicated to the Emperor Meiji and his wife Empress Shoken. During the Meiji period, Japan modernized and westernized.
In the first days of the New Year, the shrine regularly receives more than three million visitors for the first prayers of the year (Hatsumode), more than any other shrine or temple in the country. During the rest of the year, traditional Shinto weddings can often be seen there.
The closest train station access to Meiji Shrine are the Meiji Jingu Mae ’Harajuku’ Stations on Chiyoda & Fukutoshin lines or Harajuku Station on Yamanote line.
A short photo story of the Meji Shrine in Tokyo on a foggy day of June.
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Meiji Jingu: A testament to Japanese history and beliefs
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