Area Guide

Meiji Jingu (明治神宮)

The Meiji Jingu is a serene oasis in the bustling city of Tokyo. This Shinto shrine is located in the heart of the city, easily accessible from Harajuku or Yoyogi Station on the Yamanote Line. It is famous for being surrounded by lush greenery, with 700,000 square meters of forest covering the shrine grounds.

Built in 1920 to honor Emperor Meiji and Empress Shoken, the Meiji Jingu is also known for the Meiji Revolution that occurred during Emperor Meiji’s reign, which modernized Japan in the late 19th century. Despite significant damage during World War II air raids, the shrine was rebuilt in 1958 and over 100,000 trees were donated from around the world to restore the forested surroundings.

The Meiji Jingu is divided into two main areas: Naien and Gaien. The inner precinct, Naien, features the shrine buildings, the Treasure Museum, and gardens and forests. The outer precinct, Gaien, includes the Meiji Memorial Picture Gallery, the National Stadium, and the Meiji Memorial Hall, a popular venue for meetings and weddings. If you are looking for a peaceful escape from the city, the Meiji Jingu is a must-visit destination.

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