Meiji Jingu

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1-1 Yoyogi-Kamizono-cho, Tokyo, Japan

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picturesque Japanese Shinto shrine Mar 27, 2015
Meiji-jingu is open sunrise to sunset. Admission is free. Take the JR Yamanote line to Harajuku station.

The entire complex is enormous, covering 175 acres that can be both extremely busy and crowded in one area while being extremely peaceful and serene at the same time in another. Even just walking into it can be an experience because outside, due to the traffic and local area it can be quite noisy, but once go under that first torii( shrine gate) you enter a forest that blocks everything out. The shrine is a very beautiful place, especially with its iconic Japanese roofs. Any visit to Tokyo needs to have this shrine on its itinerary.

Dedicated to the late 19th-century emperor who opened Japan to the West, Tokyo's most famous Shinto shrine is wonderfully serene and austere, not colorful or flashy like other Asian places of worship, and is less of a tourist trap than Senso-ji, the big Buddhist temple across town in Asakusa. Stop at the cleansing station where you can dip into a communal water tank and purify your hands and mouth before offering up a prayer. You can write wishes on little pieces of paper and tie them onto the prayer wall, or do as the locals do — toss some yen into the offering box (it's near the enormous taiko drum), bow your head twice, clap twice, and bow once more.

Meiji Jingu is one of the best places to see a Shinto wedding procession. They are very colourful and take place in front of the main building, usually on weekends. You won’t be able to see an actual wedding ceremony itself, but the processions are very impressive. They are quite solemn, led by the priests and miko (women or girls who assist in the ceremonies), and the bride and groom who walk under a large red parasol.
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