Wednesday, May 13, 2015

Meiji Jingu Shrine in Harajuku, Tokyo, Japan


Meiji Shrine (明治神宮, Meiji Jingū) is a shrine dedicated to the deified spirits of Emperor Meiji and Empress Shoken. It is the most popular shrines among the Japanese for the offerings and the traditional Shinto wedding ceremonies. Meiji Shrine is located next to the JR Yamanote's Line at Harajuku Station. As you walk out of the station and cross the bridge of the railway rails, you will find a huge forested area with a huge wooden torrii gate of Meiji Shrine. As you walk through the torrii gate of Meiji Shrine, you will feel calm and relaxing while enjoying your stroll and admiring at the trees that are planted along the walking path from the main entrance of the wooden torrii gate to the main complex of the shrine buildings.  

You will notice that you have arrived the main complex of the shrine buildings as you see another wooden torrii gate and surrounded by Shrine Memorial Hall buildings. Before you walk into the shrine buildings for offerings, you need to wash your hands and mouth with a wooden spoon at the wooden house before the torrii gate. Japanese believe that this will clean your body and mind by washing your hands and mouth before walking into the shrine.

How to make your wish at Japanese Shrine? 
Firstly, you need to ring the bell and throw your offering (money) into the offering box. The ringing bell is to notify the God of the Shrine that you want to deliver your wish. Then, bow at 90 degrees two times before make your wish in your mind. Finally make two claps before taking another 90 degrees bow.

How to get to Meiji Shrine?
Address: 1-1 Yoyogi Kamizonocho, Shibuya 151-0052, Tokyo Prefecture
Station : Yamanote Line at Harajuku Station and walk for a minute by crossing the overhead bride of the railway tracks before reaching the torrii gate of Meiji Shrine.
Opening Hours :  5:45am to 4:30pm daily
Entrance Fees  :  FREE except 500 yen for Inner Garden


The main entrance of huge torrii gate of Meiji Shrine as you walk out from JR Yamanote Line at Harajuku Station, Tokyo, Japan
The main entrance of huge torrii gate of Meiji Shrine as you walk out from JR Yamanote Line at Harajuku Station, Tokyo, Japan

Feeling calm, peaceful and enjoying the beauty of forested park of Meiji Shrine as we stroll along the path towards the Meiji Memorial Hall buildings in Tokyo, Japan
Feeling calm, peaceful and enjoying the beauty of forested park of Meiji Shrine as we stroll along the path towards the Meiji Memorial Hall buildings in Tokyo, Japan

It is still another long walk to Shrine Memorial Hall buildings as we pass through another torrii gate in the park of Meiji Shrine in Tokyo, Japan
It is still another long walk to Shrine Memorial Hall buildings as we pass through another torrii gate in the park of Meiji Shrine in Tokyo, Japan

These sake barrels are offered yearly by sake brewers in Jaan to show their respect for the souls of Emperor Meiji and Empress Shoken at Meiji Shrine in Tokyo, Japan
These sake barrels are offered yearly by sake brewers in Jaan to show their respect for the souls of Emperor Meiji and Empress Shoken at Meiji Shrine in Tokyo, Japan

A close-up sake barrels representing different sake brewers brands around Japan to the enshrined deities of Emperor Meiji and Empress Shoken at Meiji Shrine in Tokyo, Japan
A close-up sake barrels representing different sake brewers brands around Japan to the enshrined deities of Emperor Meiji and Empress Shoken at Meiji Shrine in Tokyo, Japan

Barrels of wine are offered by wineries of Bourgogne in France for consecration to maintain long friendship between France and Japan at meiji Shrine in Tokyo, Japan
Barrels of wine are offered by wineries of Bourgogne in France for consecration to maintain long friendship between France and Japan at meiji Shrine in Tokyo, Japan

We reach the Shrine Memorial Hall buildings at last at Meiji Shrine in Tokyo, Japan
We reach the Shrine Memorial Hall buildings at last at Meiji Shrine in Tokyo, Japan

You need to wash your hands and mouth with the wooden spoon in order to cleanse your body and mind before entering the Shrine Memorial Halls at Meiji Shrine in Tokyo, Japan
You need to wash your hands and mouth with the wooden spoon in order to cleanse your body and mind before entering the Shrine Memorial Halls at Meiji Shrine in Tokyo, Japan

Heading to the main entrance door of the Shrine Memorial Building at Meiji Shrine in Tokyo, Japan
Heading to the main entrance door of the Shrine Memorial Building at Meiji Shrine in Tokyo, Japan

An amazing view of a huge rounded tree beside the crowded Shrine Memorial Hall building at Meiji Shrine in Tokyo, Japan
An amazing view of a huge rounded tree beside the crowded Shrine Memorial Hall building at Meiji Shrine in Tokyo, Japan

Magnificent shot from the Shrine Memorial Hall area with the main entrance of the wooden torrii gate at Meiji Shrine in Tokyo, Japan
Magnificent shot from the Shrine Memorial Hall area with the main entrance of the wooden torrii gate at Meiji Shrine in Tokyo, Japan

Witnessing Japanese Traditional Shinto Wedding Ceremony at Meiji Shrine in Tokyo, Japan
Witnessing Japanese Traditional Shinto Wedding Ceremony at Meiji Shrine in Tokyo, Japan

Admiring the structure design of the wooden Shrine Memorial Hall buildings at Meiji Shrine in Tokyo, Japan
Admiring the structure design of the wooden Shrine Memorial Hall buildings at Meiji Shrine in Tokyo, Japan

A guided instruction to write and slip your prayers together with your offerings in the envelope at Meiji Shrine in Tokyo, Japan
A guided instruction to write and slip your prayers together with your offerings in the envelope at Meiji Shrine in Tokyo, Japan

The Japanese family pray after the drum hit at one of the Shrine Memorial Hall building in Meiji Shrine, Tokyo, Japan
The Japanese family pray after the drum hit at one of the Shrine Memorial Hall building in Meiji Shrine, Tokyo, Japan

Visiting Meiji Shrine Garden at 500 yen per person which is located outside of the Shrine Memorial Hall buildings at Meiji Shrine in Tokyo, Japan
Visiting Meiji Shrine Garden at 500 yen per person which is located outside of the Shrine Memorial Hall buildings at Meiji Shrine in Tokyo, Japan

The rear view of Kakuun-Tei (Tea House) at the garden in Meiji Shrine, Tokyo, Japan
The rear view of Kakuun-Tei (Tea House) at the garden in Meiji Shrine, Tokyo, Japan

Serene garden view with the tea house in the beginning of Spring at Meiji Shrine in Tokyo, Japan
Serene garden view with the tea house in the beginning of Spring at Meiji Shrine in Tokyo, Japan

Feeling calm and peaceful while watching at these fish swimming in the pond at the fishing spot (otsuri-doi) at the garden of Meiji Shrine in Tokyo, Japan
Feeling calm and peaceful while watching at these fish swimming in the pond at the fishing spot (otsuri-doi) at the garden of Meiji Shrine in Tokyo, Japan

An innovative straw hut at the garden in Meiji Shrine, Tokyo, Japan
An innovative straw hut at the garden in Meiji Shrine, Tokyo, Japan

Wishing Well (kiyomasa-ido) at the garden in Meiji Shrine, Tokyo, Japan
Wishing Well (kiyomasa-ido) at the garden in Meiji Shrine, Tokyo, Japan


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