Meiji Jingu Shrine
Author: Julie Thompson | Last Updated: 19 Jan 2020
The Meiji Jingu shrine is one of the most important places of worship in Tokyo. The Shrine was dedicated to Emperor Meiji, the first emperor and his wife, Empress Shoken. Emperor Meiji was a beloved leader and became the first emperor of modern Japan in 1867. He westernized and modernized Japan and made it a world power. The history and beauty of the shrine and accompanying Yoyogi Park make Meiji Jingu a popular tourist attraction. Both locals and tourists are drawn to the tranquillity of the Meiji Shrine. It offers a serene green space in an otherwise busy metropole. Once you cross the big torii gate at the entrance, the noise of the city falls away. The actual shrine itself lies in the middle of a forest, planted with trees from all over Japan. At the Meiji shrine, you can partake in traditional Shinto rituals, such as offerings and charms.
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