Meiji Jingu Shrine



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Address:

1-1 Kamizono-cho
Yoyogi, Shibuya-ku
151-0053 Tokyo, Japan

Neighborhood:

Harajuku / Aoyama

Contact:

tel: +81 (0)3 3379 5511
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Hours:

Daily sunrise to sunset (about 4:30pm in winter)

Strenuousness:

No Sweat

NileGuide Expert tip:

Catch a traditional Japanese wedding ceremony... if you're lucky

Description:

Ever heard of the Meiji Restoration? Tokyo's most important shrine (Meiji-jingu; Meiji Shrine) honors the man who opened Tokyo and Japan to western culture. The immaculate shrine provides some "real Japan" flavor, smack dab in the middle of Tokyo, near Shibuya, Omotesando, and Harajuku. It's an extremely popular spot for traditional Japanese wedding ceremonies, so you don't even have to be that lucky to catch a gorgeously decked-out procession making its slow way across the plaza. The spacious shrine grounds are situated right next to Yoyogi Park, Tokyo's largest, which is also a must-visit destination for taking in some much-needed greenery. Rent a bike to catch all the park's beauty and oddball characters in one easy ride.

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