Meiji Jingu (Shinto Shrine) is a Michelin 3-star tourist destination in Tokyo

Meiji Jingu, which see’s some of the most people during New Year’s in Japan, never ceases to attract tourists from around the world. There are many traditional ceremonies, festivals, and events at this shrine. If you are lucky, you might even see traditional Shinto-style wedding.
Why is Meiji Jingu considered so popular and prestigious?

2018-09-10   Visit: Temples & Shrines, Tokyo,

Meiji Jingu

People from the United Kingdom, Netherlands, France, and many other countries around the world visit Meiji Jingu.

A nationally important shrine located at the center of Tokyo.
A famous mystical spot: The well at Gyoen (the shrine garden).
Interview with foreign visitors at the Meiji Jingu Shrine
The shrine is under construction for pathway maintenance.

Meiji Jingu
Japan’s ancient traditional beauty and prestigious Shinto weddings

A nationally important shrine located at the center of Tokyo.

On New-Years day, many Japanese people visit a shrine to wish for good luck, and Meiji Jingu Shrine see’s more people than any other shrine during this time. Many important national rituals are also held at this Shrine.

Meiji Jingu Shrine is located on an enormous piece of land in the heart of Tokyo. The main building of the shrine is surrounded by a thick and tranquil forest. The Kaigakan Gallery, sport stadiums, and halls for ceremonies are located on the outskirts of this area.

There are three entrances to the Meiji Shrine. The Harajuku is the most common station people arrive and depart at, but there are also 5 other stations located in the vicinity of the Meiji Shrine.

You’ll also find many attractions nearby. Yoyogi Park is located next to the shrine area, where you can see seasonal flowers and have a picnic. You are also able to walk to popular shopping areas such as Takeshita shopping street, Harajuku, Omotesando, and Shibuya.

A famous mystical spot: The well at Gyoen (the shrine garden).

It is said that praying at the Meiji Jingu Shrine is good for enhancing human relations and connections between people. Specifically, if you take a photo of the well, “Kiyomasa-no-Ido” and keep it on the display of your mobile phone, you can also improve your luck. Visiting on a sunny morning also increases the mystical power of this shrine.

The Gyoen is a beautiful garden. Iris plants in June, and autumn foliage from the end of November to the beginning of December, will entertain your eyes.

【Meiji Jingu Gyoen】
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Entrance fee: 500Yen
Business hours:(March-October)9:00-16:30/(November-February)9:00-16:00/(June)8:00-17:00Please check the link below for more information(
Open:7days a week

Meiji Jingu Gyoen
The water from the well continues to flow, and its temperature has remained steady at about 15 degrees Celsius throughout the years.

Torii (The gate of a Japanese shrine) is the symbol of the Meiji Shrine. It is 12 meters in height, 17.1 meters wide, weighing 13 tons, with it’s pillars measuring 1.2 meters in diameter. This is the largest wooden Torii in Japan.

I asked some foreign tourists who were visiting the Meiji Shrine to speak with me.

Interview with foreign visitors at the Meiji Jingu Shrine

I interviewed foreign travelers who walked through the torii at Meiji jingu shrine.

I didn’t get any photographs of the family from Ireland. They were here visiting for 2 weeks, and came to Meiji Jingu shrine on their first day.

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The first experience at Meiji Jingu for a family from Ireland who are interested in Japanese culture

Tadaima Japan(TJ): What brought you to Meiji Jingu today?

Mother: My friends, who had come to Japan, recommended it to me. More than anything, my son is interested in Japanese culture and wanted to come to Japan.

TJ: How did you feel visiting Meiji Jingu?

Son: It was a very wonderful experience! This is my first time visiting and worshipping at a Japanese shrine. It was also my first time trying to write my requests (Ema*) to God. It was great that there was an English description on how to write an Ema. I hope the wish will come true.

(*) See the article about “Ema”⇒“Try to write down your wish if you visit a Shinto shrine or temple! ‘Ema’, used to post a secret wish and give thanks to a god.”

TJ: How did you get tourist information for Japan?

Son: Most of the information is on TripAdvisor, so I checked reviews of the places where I wanted to go. They were also referenced on Lonely Planet. We are going to go to Yoyogi Park now and then go shopping in Shibuya.

TJ: Did you eat Japanese food?

Son: I ate Ramen last night. We can’t get it in the Republic of Ireland, so I wanted to be sure to try it. I ate spicy Ramen and it was very delicious.

TJ: Are there any experiences you want to try in Japan?

Father: I want to try Kendo! It was so cool watching the samurai in Japanese movies. I also want to experience a tea ceremony and calligraphy. I think I’m too old to try Aikido. (laughs)
I wonder if we should try a Japanese public bath.

TJ: What is your main purpose for coming to Japan?
Mother: Just tourism, but my son became very interested Japan and wanted to see and learn more about it.

The shrine is under construction for pathway maintenance.

Please note that the shrine paths have been under construction until the 21st of December, 2016. Due to the work, you are not able to get inside some places of the shrine. Check the signs carefully and please do not go inside restricted areas.

Meiji Jingu
Please do not enter because of maintenance.

Under the light rainfall, I was so happy to see all the families, friends, and couples visiting Meiji Shrine! I hope construction will end soon, and I am looking forward to seeing the rebirth of Meiji Jingu.

Meiji Jingu
People from the United Kingdom, Netherlands, France, and many other countries around the world visit Meiji Jingu.
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Hi, I am Koume. I’m originally from Fukuoka and currently living in Tokyo. I have lived in Australia, the Philippines, and Cambodia for several years. Through my life abroad, I have rediscovered the beauty of Japan. I hope my articles will be a helpful resource for both Japanese and foreign visitors.


Address 1-1 Kamizono-cho Yoyobi Sibuya-ku Tokyo
Hours The gate opens at sunrise and closes at sunset
※Please check the link for more details.(
※You can visit throughout the night only on the 31st of December
Price Free
Close 7days a week
Access 【To South shrine gate of Meiji Jingu】
・1-minute walk from JR Line Harajuku Station, South (Omotesando) Exit
・1-minute walk from Tokyo Metro Chiyoda Line & Fukutoshin Line Meiji Jingu Mae ’Harajuku’ Station, JR Exit (Exit 2),
【West shrine gate of Meiji Jingu】
・5-minute walk from Odakyu Line Sangubashi Station, Sangubashi Exit
【To North shrine gate of Meiji Jingu】
・5-minute walk from Tokyo Metro Fukutoshin Line Kitasando Station, Exit 1
・8-minute walk from JR & Toei Oedo Line Yoyogi Station
Phone 03-3379-5511