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Meiji Jingu Shrine
Every year, Meiji Jingu Shrine boasts the largest number of visitors for Hatsumode (first shrine visit of the New Year) and the status of one of Tokyo’s leading power spots.
Meiji Shrine was established in 1920 (Taisho 9) as a shrine to enshrine Emperor Meiji and Empress Shoken.
The shrine consists of the Inner Garden, which centers around the sacred and serene main shrine and garden, the Outer Garden, which boasts many excellent sports facilities including the Meiji Memorial Picture Gallery, and the Meiji Kinenkan, a comprehensive wedding venue.
The artificial forest, is home to some 100,000 trees donated from all over the country, and stands today as a rich, mystic forest despite its urban setting. The forest is also a beloved power spot.
In front of the main shrine, there are two large camphor trees planted named "Meoto gusu (husband and wife camphor trees)", because of their resemblance to an embracing couple. A visit here is said to bring blessings of good marriage and marital harmony.
In the Garden, which stretches across the south side of the grounds, you’ll find Kiyomasa's Well, which is said to have been dug by the Sengoku warlord "Kato Kiyomasa". This well produces an average of 60 liters of clean spring water per minute, which is said to improve the fortunes of the visitors.
The Ootorii (Big Torii), which is the largest wooden Shinto gate in Japan, is made of cypress brought from Taiwan and is brandished in a breathtaking grandeur.
As part of the centennial celebration, the Meiji Jingu Museum, which opened in 2019 (Reiwa 1), displays various valuable items related to Emperor Meiji and Empress Shoken, and various special exhibitions are also held.
Acclaimed Shinto shrine that draws the most visitors in Japan every year at Hatsumode, the first shrine visit of the new year.
Kato Kiyomasa, a famous warlord in the early Edo era, is said to have dug a well here, and naming it after himself. The area remains today as a famed power spot in Tokyo.
Meiji Jingu Gyoen (Inner Garden) keeps about 1,500 bulbs of 150 varieties of Iris. Their gorgeous blooms can be caught in all their glory in the middle of June each year
Frequently Asked Questions have been vetted and answered directly by each listing.
Do you have signs or pamphlets in foreign languages? (If you do, which languages are available?)
We have pamphlets in English, Chinese, and Korean.
Do you have shrine’s red ink stamps?
As of May 2023, we are providing a pre-written "paper Goshuin".
Is parking available?
There is a parking lot for visitors. For details, please refer to the Meiji Shrine website.
Are coin lockers available?
They are available in the Kaguraden and other facilities.
- Name in Japanese
- Postal Code
- 1-1 Kamizonocho Yoyogi, Shibuya-ku, Tokyo
- No holidays
From early morning to sunset
*Depending on the month, the hours may change, so please check the official Website.
- Garden (maintenance cooperation fee 500 yen), Meiji Jingu Museum (general admission 1,000 yen, high school students and under 900 yen)
(1) About 3 minutes on foot from Harajuku Station on the JR Yamanote Line
(2) About 4 minutes on foot from Yoyogi Station on the JR Sobu or JR Yamanote Lines or Toei Oedo Line
(3) About 3 minutes on foot from Meiji-Jingumae (Harajuku) on the Tokyo Metro Chiyoda or Fukutoshin Lines
(4) About 5 minutes on foot from Sangubashi Station on the Odakyu Odawara Line
- Credit Cards
- Not accepted
- Official Website
- Official Website (English)