Tokyo's Leading Power Spot, Boasting the Most Visitors at Hatsumode
Shinto shrine (Sacred power place) / Closest to Harajuku Station
Meiji Jingu is a Shinto shrine deifying Emperor Meiji and Empress Shoken. The pure and solemn Naien (Inner Precinct) at the center is surrounded by the Gaien (Outer Precinct), encompassing many sports facilities as well as the Kaigakan (Meiji Memorial Picture Gallery). The shrine grounds start from Meiji Kinenkan (Meiji Memorial Hall).
Planted with 100,000 trees, the man-made woods on the shrine grounds make visitors forget that they're in the middle of a major city. In addition, this place is famous for its many power spots. In front of the "Honden" (Main Shrine), two camphor trees have been planted. Called "Fufu Kusunoki" (Couple Camphor Trees), they lean against each other like a married couple. It is said that these trees offer the blessings of good relationships and marital bliss. What's more, the well gushing out 60 liters of clean water every day is believed to bring good luck to shrine visitors. Named Kiyomasa's Well, it is said to have been dug by Kato Kiyomasa, a warlord of the Warring States period of Japanese history. Compared to other shrines, the "Otorii" (Great Shrine Gate) is larger than others. Made with Japanese cypress brought from Taiwan, it has an overwhelming presence!
It is well known as the Shinto shrine attracting the most visitors in Japan every year at Hatsumode, the first shrine visit of the new year.
It is said that Kato Kiyomasa, a famous warlord in the early Edo era, dug a well here, naming it after himself. It is very famous as a power spot inside Tokyo.
In Meiji Jingu Gyoen (Inner Garden), about 1500 bulbs of 150 varieties of Iris are planted. Every year in the middle of June, they bloom beautifully.
- Name in Japanese
- Date of Foundation
- Postal Code
- 1-1 Kamizonocho Yoyogi, Shibuya-ku, Tokyo
- Only charged at Gyoen Inner Garden (500 yen)
- No holidays
From early morning to sunset
*Depending on the month, the hours may change, so please check the official Website.
*The shrine is open all night to visitors on December 31st.
(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 Chuo or Yamanote Lines
(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
- Official Website
- Official Website (English)
- Year-round timetable
- Year-round timetable(English)