Visit the Meiji Shrine where you can feel the soul of Japan and boost your luck. The Chinju-no-mori (forest of the village shrine), which is located about a 1-minute walk from Harajuku Station, is the a “Michelin 3-star tourist place” of Tokyo. It has the highest number of worshipers during Hatsumode (New Year’s visit) in Japan. It is famous as one of the power spots in Tokyo and has a lot of interesting places!
Entrance to Meiji Shrine! A commemorative photo in front of the Torii
From Harajuku Station, you can see the Torii after crossing the Jingu-bashi bridge. A Torii is a barrier that separates the secular world from the shrine where Gods live. Take a bow and pass through the Torii. It is a basic manner to lower your head when entering or leaving the precinct. Before you leave, right before the Torri, turn to face the shrine, take a bow and pass through the Torii.
As the central of Sando (approach to the Shrine) is the way of the God, it is better to walk at the side of the road. After you walk pass the Torii and proceed to the South Sando, there is the Otorii. The Otorii, the symbol of Meiji Shrine, is the biggest wooden Torii in Japan.
Healing moment at the Nakaniwa (courtyard)
As you go through the Torii to the precinct, there are small stones laid on the ground. These, called “Tamajyari”, are special beautiful small pebbles to keep the area clean and are indispensable to the shrine. Walk on the stones and calm yourself down while proceeding to the sacred place where Gods live.
The Imperial Garden (donation of 500 yen for entry), located at the end of the South Sando, where you can find a teahouse, small pond and Kiyomasa-no-ido (well), is a famous spot for its beautiful winding wooden path. Especially in mid June, it is the best season to see sword lilies. By the way, it is said that if you set your smart phone to its standby screen at Kiyomasa-no-ido, happiness will come to you.
What a KAWAII amulet! For memories of Meiji Shrine
The amulets of Meiji Shrine are for different purposes such as health, healing, well-being of family, road safety, prosperous business, academic achievement, prayer for school success, job, protection against misfortune, safe trip, matchmaking, good luck, easy child delivery, etc. You can get the amulets at the offering booth which is opposite of the Kagura Hall. You can also get them at the South Gate when if it is crowded. Pray properly to God before you receive the amulet. It is good to always carry the amulet with you, either by wearing it or keeping it in your pouch.
Meiji Shrine is so spacious! Explanation by map
Return to the Sando and walk through the Otori, cleanse your body with water and enter the Shrine. Receive your amulet from the shrine office after your prayer at the main hall. On the north side of the precinct, there is a large turf area and a pond, which are ideal for relaxing. You can enjoy cherry blossom in spring too. Leave from the North Gate and take the train at Yoyogi Station.
Fee and Opening Hour
- January (6:40 – 16:20)
- February (6:20 – 16:50)
- March (5:40 – 17:20)
- April (5:10 – 17:50)
- May (5:00 – 18:10)
- June (5:00 – 18:30)
- July (5:00 – 18:20)
- August (5:00 – 18:00)
- September (5:20 – 17:20)
- October (5:40 – 16:40)
- November (6:10 – 16:10)
- December (6:40 – 16:00)
- Address: Tokyo, Shibuya-ku, Yoyogi, Kamizonocho 1-1
- Access: About 1-minute walk from JR Yamatone Line Harajuku Station, Tokyo Metro Chiyoda Line / Fukutoshin Line “Meiji-jingu-mai (Harajuku) Station”;
- About 7-minute walk from JR / Toei Oedo Line Yoyogi Station / Tokyo Metro Fukutoshin Line Kita-sando Station
- About 5-minute walk from Odakyu Line Sanguubashi Station