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Meiji Jingu

Meiji Jingu © shinythings
Meiji Jingu © shinythings

Built in homage to the Emperor Meiji and his wife, the Empress Shoken, the Meiji Jingu monument is located in a 175 acre (70ha) evergreen forest and consists of two main areas. In the inner Naien, there is a garden featuring shrines and a treasure museum holding articles belonging to the Emperor and Empress. In the outer cloister, the Gaien, the Meiji Memorial Picture Gallery presents murals depicting significant events during the Meiji rule. Today, traditional Shinto weddings are held in the hall and newcomers to Japan are always intrigued when witnessing the unique Shinto wedding procession. The lush grounds are wonderful to explore, providing sanctuary from the busy city at any time of day.

Address: 1-1 Yoyogi-Kamizono-cho, Shibuya-ku

Website: www.meijijingu.or.jp/english/

Opening times: Daily from sunrise to sunset. Hours vary month to month.