Meiji Temple

Temple of Meiji

Two large gates frame the entrance to this Shinto shrine, to which Emperor and Empress Meiji was dedicated. Read a guide to the Meiji Shrine in Tokyo. Learn more about the history of the Meiji shrine, its location and other features of this shrine in Tokyo. A visit to the Meiji shrine in the early morning will take you far away from the bustling metropolis of Tokyo.

Tokio Travel: Meiji Shrine (Meiji Jingu)

Myji-Chrine ( (????, Meiji Jing?) is a scripture devoted to the divinized ghosts of Emperor Meiji and his wife, Empress Shoken. Yoyogi Park and the Meiji Sanctuary are situated right next to the bustling Harajuku station of the JR Yamanote Line and form a large forest area within the town. There are many hiking trails in the large sanctuary, ideal for a leisurely walk.

In 1920, eight years after the death of the Kaiser and six years after the death of the Kaiserin, the sanctuary was finished and devoted to the Kaiser Meiji and the Kaiserin Shoken. This sanctuary was demolished during the Second World War, but was soon reconstructed. Meiji was the first Kaiser of Japan.

Built in 1852, he took the reign in 1867 at the height of the Meiji restoration, when Japan's period of feudality came to an end and the Kaiser returned to office. In the Meiji period, Japan modernised and westernised itself to join the great empires of the earth when Kaiser Meiji died in 1912.

To prepare for the centenary of the sanctuary in 2020, some of the sanctuary's structures will be renovated and the treasury will be shut down from early 2016 to October 2019. Attempts are made to keep the influence on the visitor very low. Harajuku Station's south entry and Yoyogi Station's north entry are ten minutes on foot from the central area.

The entrance to the screech area is signposted by a solid doorway, after which the attractions and noises of the bustling town will be substituted by a quiet forrest. About 100,000 of Meiji Jingu's forests were replanted during the building of the sanctuary and given from all over the world.

In the midst of the woods, the Meiji Jingu building also has a touch of tranquillity that is different from the town. Guests of the sanctuary can participate in some of the Shinto activity, such as offering in the central sanctuary, purchasing ornaments and followers, or sending a wish to an enam.

The Meiji Jingu is one of Japan's most belovedhrines. During the first few weeks of the New Year, the sanctuary receives more than three million regular guests for the first prayer of the year (Hatsumode), more than any other sanctuary or temple in the world. The Meiji Jingu Treasure House is located at the north end of the Treasury and was built one year after the inauguration.

In the treasure chamber you can see many interesting items of the Empress and Empress, among them the coach that the Empress drove to the official Meiji Constitution in 1889. A museum annex is also located to the west of the principal sanctuary, where changing exhibits are shown.

Much of the south part of the joinery area is occupied by the Inner Garden, which charges an admission charge. During their lifetime, the Emperor and Empress attended the fountain and it has become a favourite place of strength. Access to Meiji Sanctuary is just a few minutes from Harajuku Station on JR Yamanote Line or Meiji-jingu-mae Station on Chiyoda and Fukutoshin Subway Lines.

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