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Meiji Jingu Shrine

[Strongly Recommended!] [Seasonal Special!] [Standard] [Religion] [Shrine] [Garden] [Iris] [Colored Leaf]

[Overall] Sightseeing
★★★★★★★★★★ (10.0/10.0)

Features
△ Enjoyable
◎ Beautiful
◎ Relaxing
◎ Unique
◎ Japanese

TRY JAPAN recommends ...

1: to see shrine grounds including Otorii archway and Main Hall
2: to make the first visit of the year (new year period only)
3: to see "Kiyomasa-no-Ido" at Meiji Jingu Gyoen Garden
4: to see irises at Meiji Jingu Gyoen Garden (limited season only)

Shrine that has largest number of worshippers at beginning of year in Japan

If you visit Meiji Jingu Shrine, you can see the large wooden Torii Gate with the height of 12 meter in shrine grounds.

Main Hall has an elegant atmosphere, surrounded by the beautiful nature. It enshrines Emperor Meiji (1852-1912) and Empress Shoken (1850-1914).

It is famous for the first visit of the year, along with Kawasaki Daishi and Sensoji Temple. More than 3 million people visit this shrine during new year period, while the number of visitors changes year by year. It is widely recognized that this shrine has the largest number of visitors in Japan.

You can find sake casks as well as wine casks at both sides of the approach.

Also, it is well-known that Grand Champion of Sumo Wrestling participates in "Yokozuna-Dohyoiri Ceremony" at this shrine.

As pay option,you can see the beautiful scenery of Meiji Jingu Gyoen Garden. In particular, you can look at iris flowers in early summer. Also, you can find that spring water comes up from "Kiyomasa-no-Ido Well."

There is also Jingu Gaien that has Meiji Memorial Picture Gallery, Jingu Stadium and so on.

It was established in 1920. It is a large Shinto shrine at commercial area in Harajuku, Shibuya City, Tokyo. Its nearest station is Harajuku station.

Event Information

"The 46th Exhibition of Japanese Traditional Metal Works"
from April 29, 2017 (Saturday, National Holiday) to June 25, 2017 (Sunday)

"Oharae (Great purification)"
June 30, 2017 (Friday)

"Tanabata-Matsuri (Star Festival)"
July 2, 2017 (Sunday)

"Meiji-Tenno-Sai (Emperor Meiji Memorial Ceremony)"
July 30, 2017 (Sunday)

"Harajuku Omotesando Genki Matsuri Super Yosakoi Festival 2017"
from August 26, 2017 (Saturday) to August 27, 2017 (Sunday)

Finished Event Information

"Spring Grand Festival 2015"
from April 29, 2015 (Wednesday, National Holiday) to May 3, 2015 (Sunday, National Holiday)

"Oharae"
June 30, 2015 (Tuesday)

"Tanabata-Matsuri"
July 5, 2015 (Sunday)

"Meiji-Tenno-Sai"
July 30, 2015 (Thursday)

"Harajuku Omotesando Genki Matsuri Super Yosakoi Festival 2015"
from August 29, 2015 (Saturday) to August 30, 2015 (Sunday)

"Chojukenko-Kigansai"
September 21, 2015 (Monday, National Holiday)

"Koreiden-Yohaishiki"
September 23, 2015 (Wednesday, National Holiday)

"The 27th Meiji Jingu Shrine Thanks Dolls Festival"
October 4, 2015 (Sunday)

"Dezuiri (Sumo grand champion (Yokozuna) "ring entering" ceremony)"
October 5, 2015 (Monday)

"Jingu-Yohaishiki"
October 17, 2015 (Saturday)

"Keneihikoshiki"
October 18, 2015 (Sunday)

"Autumn Grand Festival" (from October 31, 2015 (Saturday) to November 3, 2015 (Tuesday, National Holiday))
October 31, 2015 (Saturday): "Autumn Grand Festival Bugaku at the main shrine building"
November 1, 2015 (Sunday): "Autumn Grand Festival Enshrinement Anniversary Ceremony"
November 1, 2015 (Sunday): "Autumn Grand Festival Afternoon Ceremony"
November 2, 2015 (Tuesday, National Holiday): "Autumn Grand Festival Autumn Grand Festival Morning Ceremony"
November 3, 2015 (Tuesday, National Holiday): "Autumn Grand Festival Anniversary of Emperor Meiji's Birthday"

"Onzosai (Ceremony of the changing of the divine robes)"
November 8, 2015 (Sunday)

"Chrysanthemum Exhibition"
from October 25, 2015 (Sunday) to November 23, 2015 (Monday, National Holiday)

"Niinamesai (Harvest Ceremony)"
November 23, 2015 (Monday, National Holiday)

"Tenchosai (Celebration of the current Emperor's birthday)"
December 23, 2015 (Wednesday, National Holiday)

"Susuharai (Ceremonial year-end cleaning of the main shrine buildings)"
December 28, 2015 (Monday)

"Oharae (Great purification)"
December 31, 2015 (Thursday)

"Joyasai (Year-end ritual)"
December 31, 2015 (Thursday)

"Hatsumoude"
January 1, 2016 (Friday, National Holiday)

"Musashino-Goryo-Yohaishiki (Emperor Showa Memorial Day rite)"
January 7, 2016 (Thursday)

"Dezuiri (Sumo grand champion (Yokozuna) "ring entering" ceremony)"
January 7, 2016 (Thursday)

"Ice Carving Exhibition"
from January 10, 2016 (Sunday) to January 11, 2016 (Monday, National Holiday)

"The 62nd Bunkazai Boka Day (Cultural Property Fire Prevention Day) Fire Engine Practice"
January 25, 2016 (Monday)

"The 62nd Shodoten (Exhibition of winners' works in the calligraphy competition for elementary and junior high school students)"
from January 5, 2016 (Tuesday) to January 30, 2016 (Saturday)

"Emperor Meiji and His Venerable Portraits -Bequeathed Images of the Great Emperor"
from October 3, 2015 (Saturday) to February 7, 2016 (Sunday)

"Kigensai (National Foundation Day Festival)"
February 11, 2016 (Thursday, National Holiday)

"Kinensai (Prayer Ceremony for Agricultural Fertility)"
February 17, 2016 (Wednesday)

"Hinamatsuri (Doll Festival)"
February 28, 2016 (Sunday)

"Korei-Yohaishiki (Paying respect towards the Imperial Palace sanctuary Koreiden)"
March 20, 2016 (Sunday, National Holiday)

"Beauty of URUSHI Japanese Lacquer"
from February 13, 2016 (Saturday) to March 27, 2016 (Sunday)

"Unebiyama-Yohaishiki (Emperor Jinmu Memorial Day rite)"
April 3, 2016 (Sunday)

"Shoken-Kotaigo-Sai (Empress Shoken Memorial Ceremony (to remember the virtues of Empress Shoken))"
April 11, 2016 (Monday)

"Spring Grand Festival 2016"
from April 29, 2016 (Friday, National Holiday) to May 3, 2016 (Tuesday, National Holiday)

"Kodomo-no-Matsuri (Childen's Festival)"
May 5, 2016 (Thursday, National Holiday)

"Onzosai (Ceremony of the changing of the divine robes)"
May 6, 2016 (Friday)

"The 16th Meiji Jingu Shrine Bonsai Exhibition"
from June 3, 2016 (Friday) to June 7, 2016 (Tuesday)

"The 56th Exhibition of Japanese Suiseki Masterpieces"
from June 8, 2016 (Wednesday) to June 12, 2016 (Sunday)

"Exhibition at Bunkakan Homotsu-Tenjishitsu (Treasure Museum annex): Empress Shoken -The Empress in the new era-"
from April 2, 2016 (Saturday) to June 26, 2016 (Sunday)

"Oharae (Great purification)"
June 30, 2016 (Thursday)

"Tanabata-Matsuri (Star Festival)"
July 3, 2016 (Sunday)

"Meiji-Tenno-Sai (Emperor Meiji Memorial Ceremony)"
July 30, 2016 (Saturday)

"Harajuku Omotesando Genki Matsuri Super Yosakoi Festival 2016"
from August 27, 2016 (Saturday) to August 28, 2016 (Sunday)

"Chojukenko-Kigansai (Ceremony for the health and longevity of the elderly)"
September 19, 2016 (Monday, National Holiday)

"Koreiden-Yohaishiki (Paying respect towards the Imperial Palace sanctuary Koreiden)"
September 22, 2016 (Thursday, National Holiday)

"Exhibition at Bunkakan Homotsu-Tenjishitsu (Treasure Museum annex): The Meiji Dawn -Emperor Meiji and the Path to Modernization-"
from July 2, 2016 (Saturday) to September 25, 2016 (Sunday)

"The 22nd Memory Doll Exhibition"
from September 30, 2016 (Friday) to October 2, 2016 (Sunday)

"The 28th Meiji Jingu Shrine Thanks Dolls Festival"
October 2, 2016 (Sunday)

"Dezuiri (Sumo grand champion (Yokozuna) "ring entering" ceremony)"
October 6, 2016 (Thursday)

"The 35th Meiji Jingu Shrine Takigi Noh"
October 10, 2016 (Monday, National Holiday)

"Jingu-Yohaishiki (Ceremony on the same day as the Harvest Festival of Ise Jingu)"
October 17, 2016 (Monday)

"Keneihikoshiki (Ceremony recital of poems)"
October 23, 2016 (Sunday)

"Autumn Grand Festival"
from October 30, 2016 (Sunday) to November 3, 2016 (Thursday, National Holiday)

"The 45th Tokyo Agriculture Festival"
from November 2, 2016 (Wednesday) to November 3, 2016 (Thursday, National Holiday)

"Onzosai (Ceremony of the changing of the divine robes)"
November 7, 2016 (Monday)

"Chrysanthemum Exhibition"
from October 27, 2016 (Thursday) to November 23, 2016 (Wednesday, National Holiday)

"Niinamesai (Harvest Ceremony)"
November 23, 2016 (Wednesday, National Holiday)

"Exhibition at Bunkakan Homotsu-Tenjishitsu (Treasure Museum annex): The Meiji Dawn -Emperor Meiji and the Path to Modernization"
from October 8, 2016 (Saturday) to November 27, 2016 (Sunday)

"Tenchosai (Celebration of the current Emperor's birthday)"
December 23, 2016 (Friday, National Holiday)

"Susuharai (Ceremonial year-end cleaning of the main shrine buildings)"
December 28, 2016 (Wednesday)

"Oharae (Great purification)"
December 31, 2016 (Saturday)

"Joyasai (Year-end ritual)"
December 31, 2016 (Saturday)

"Hatsumoude"
January 1, 2017 (Sunday, National Holiday)

"Satansai (New Year's Day ritual)"
January 1, 2017 (Sunday, National Holiday)

"Dezuiri (Sumo grand champion (Yokozuna) "ring entering" ceremony)"
January 6, 2017 (Friday)

"Musashino-Goryo-Yohaishiki (Emperor Showa Memorial Day rite)"
January 7, 2017 (Saturday)

"Ice Carving Exhibition"
from January 14, 2017 (Saturday) to January 15, 2017 (Sunday)

"The 63th Bunkazai Boka Day (Cultural Property Fire Prevention Day) Fire Engine Practice"
January 25, 2017 (Wednesday)

"Kisenosato Yokozuna Recommendation Ceremony and Dezuiri (Sumo grand champion (Yokozuna) "ring entering" ceremony)"
January 27, 2017 (Friday)

"Meiji Jingu Bunkakan Homotsu-Tenjishitsu (Exhibition at Treasure Museum annex): Shrine Cultural Treasures of Meiji Jingu"
from December 10, 2016 (Saturday) to January 29, 2017 (Sunday)

"Shodoten (Exhibition of winners' works in the calligraphy competition for elementary and junior high school students)"
from January 5, 2017 (Thursday) to January 30, 2017 (Monday)

"Kigensai (National Foundation Day Festival)"
February 11, 2017 (Saturday, National Holiday)

"Kinensai (Prayer Ceremony for Agricultural Ferility)"
February 17, 2017 (Friday)

"Meiji Jingu Bunkakan Homotsu-Tenjishitsu (Exhibition at Treasure Museum annex): Beauty of URUSHI Japanese Lacquer"
from February 4, 2017 (Saturday) to February 26, 2017 (Sunday)

"Hinamatsuri (Doll Festival)"
February 26, 2017 (Sunday)

"Koreiden-Yohaishiki (Paying respect towards the Imperial Palace sanctuary Koreiden)"
March 20, 2017 (Monday, National Holiday)

"Unebiyama-Yohaishiki (Emperor Jinmu Memorial Day rite)"
April 3, 2017 (Monday)

"Shoken-Kotaigo-Sai (Empress Shoken Memorial Ceremony (to remember the virtues of Empress Shoken))"
April 11, 2017 (Tuesday)

"Meiji Jingu Bunkakan Homotsu-Tenjishitsu (Exhibition at Treasure Museum annex): Empress Shoken -The Tender Empress of the Meiji Period"
from March 4, 2017 (Saturday) to April 23, 2017 (Sunday)

"Spring Grand Festival 2017"
from April 29, 2017 (Saturday, National Holiday) to May 3, 2017 (Wednesday, National Holiday)

"Kodomo-no-Matsuri (Childen's Festival)"
May 5, 2017 (Friday, National Holiday)

"Onzosai (Ceremony of the changing of the divine robes)"
May 5, 2017 (Friday, National Holiday)

"The 17th Meiji Jingu Shrine Bonsai Exhibition"
from June 2, 2017 (Friday) to June 6, 2017 (Tuesday)

"The 57th Exhibition of Japanese Suiseki Masterpieces"
from June 7, 2017 (Wednesday) to June 11, 2017 (Sunday)

Necessary Time
It is estimated that it is about 1 hour in a regular pace, about 30 minutes in a hurried pace, and about 1.5 hours in a slow pace.

Opening Hour
It is different among months. For information, this shrine opened from 5:40 to 17:20 in March 2014. Also, it opens all night on new year's eve. Also, opening hour of Meiji Jingu Gyoen is different from that of Meiji Jingu.

Closed Day
It opens every day.

Admissions Fee
It is free. However, it is necessary to pay 500-yen for contribution for maintenance.

Access
It takes about 1 minute from Harajuku Station on foot.

Nearest Railway Station
◎ Harajuku Station (JR East: Yamanote Line)
◎ Meiji-Jingumae Station (Tokyo Metro: Chiyoda Line, Fukutoshin Line)

Fellow Travelers
◎ Alone
◎ With Friends
◎ With Significant Other
◎ With Family
○ With Children

Name in English
Meiji Jingu Shrine

Name in Roman Letters
Meiji Jingu

Name in Japanese
明治神宮
めいじじんぐう

Address
1-1, Yoyogi-Kamizono-Cho, Shibuya City, Tokyo, 151-8557, Japan

Telephone Number
03-3379-5511

URL
http://www.meijijingu.or.jp/english/index.html

Map

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Purpose: Other Nature

Purpose: Religion

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