Kiyomasa's Well

Shibuya's own power spot

By Sleiman Azizi    - 2 min read

Tucked away in the gardens of Meiji Jingu lies Kiyomasa's Well. Kiyomasa no Ido in Japanese, this historical relic of the early Edo period draws in a continuous stream of visitors attracted by the well's status as one of Tokyo's rare 'power spots.'

It's not quite known if the well was actually dug by Kato Kiyomasa. A feudal lord of the Azuchi-Momoyama and very early Edo periods, Kiyomasa was a fervent follow of Nichiren Buddhism, had an almost pathologically hatred of other faiths and was famous for putting the arts of war above all else. With a penchant for building, the story goes that while digging a basement, Kiyomasa struck the well whose water has continued to flow to this day.

Kiyomasa's Well (Photo: Chris 73)
Kiyomasa's Well (Photo: Chris 73)

Located at the head of a small stream flowing into the South Pond of the garden, the well does feature some novel qualities. First, no matter the season, the temperature of the spring water always hovers around 15 degrees celsius. Perhaps more interestingly, it also produces about 60 litres per minute and by all reports, has been doing so for quite a while now.

While the well has been around for centuries, its association with 'natural power' was much more recent. Some time around 2010, a mix of celebrities and television popularised the well and before long, people started making the trip to Meiji Jingu to absorb its postive energies for themselves.

Picturesque location for photos (Photo: Daniel Ramirez)
Picturesque location for photos (Photo: Daniel Ramirez)

Perhaps its the relative dearth of the natural in Tokyo but Kiyomasa's Well has become a recognised 'power spot' in the capital with people swearing by its positive energies and healing properties. Be that as it may, the well is actually quite pretty and the water is most definitely crisp and clear and makes for a pleasant visit. Do note that access to the gardens where the well is situated is ¥500.

Getting there

Located deep within Meiji Jingu, the well is about a 10-minute walk from Harajuku Station on the Jr Yamanote Line.

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Sleiman Azizi

Sleiman Azizi @sleiman.azizi

A Japanese Permanent Resident, I drool over proper soba and sushi while Japanese aesthetics ticks all the right boxes for me.With over 200 published articles on Japan as well as 5 English language books written in a traditional Japanese style, I also happen enjoy writing. Funny that...I'm also the Regional Partner for Tokyo, Japan's never ending capital, so if you've anything to say about Tokyo - or Japan in general - don't be shy and contact with me via sleiman.azizi@japantravel.com

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Elizabeth S 2 months ago
Whenever I go to Meiji Jingu, I make a point of visiting this well. It's a marvel, feeding the pond where Emeror Meiji and Empress Shoken fished. I like to drift back in time after rinsing my hands in the well water,then sitting on the dock, the tea house behind me, watching the fish jump.
Sleiman Azizi Author 2 months ago
The touch of the natural is always welcome in Tokyo.
Kim B 2 months ago
Positive energies and healing properties...I'm intrigued! Will have to visit next time I'm there.
Sleiman Azizi Author 2 months ago
The well is older than Meiji Jingu itself!