Meiji Shrine & Inner Garden

Attractions Harajuku
4 out of 5 stars
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Opened in 1920, the shrine is dedicated to Emperor Meiji – whose reign (1868-1912) coincided with Japan’s modernisation – and his consort, Empress Shoken. Exceedingly popular, especially at New Year, when it draws crowds of a million-plus, the shrine hosts numerous annual festivals, including two sumo dedicatory ceremonies in early January and at the end of September. Shinto weddings take place here regularly. The current main building dates from 1958, a reconstruction after the original was destroyed during World War II. It is an impressive example of the austere style and restrained colours typical of Shinto architecture. Just off the main path to the shrine, through the wooded Inner Garden, are two entrances to another garden, the little-visited Meiji Jingu Gyoen. It’s neither large nor especially beautiful, but it is quiet – except in June, when the iris field attracts many admirers. Vegetation is dense, limiting access to the few trails, which lead to a pond and teahouse.


Venue name: Meiji Shrine & Inner Garden
Address: 1-1 Yoyogi-Kamizonocho, Shibuya-ku

Opening hours: Jan 6.40am-4.20pm; Feb 6.20am-4.50am; Mar 5.40am-5.20pm; Apr 5.10am-5.50am; May 5am-6.10pm; Jun 5am-6.30am; Jul 5am-6.20pm; Aug 5am-6pm; Sep 5.20am-5.20pm; Oct 5.40am-4.40pm; Nov 6.10am-4.10pm; Dec 6.40am-4pm
Transport: Harajuku Station (Yamanote line), Omotesando exit; Meiji-Jingumae Station (Chiyoda, Fukutoshin lines), exit 2.
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  • Saturday August 24 2019 - Sunday August 25 2019 Free

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Not worth the effort in April 2018 as covered in plastic for renovations

Although this place attracts a lot of tourists and Japanese residents, the views here are absolutely breathtaking.