Meiji Jingu Naien (Inner Precinct) | Japan Highlights Travel, for sightseeing around Tokaido

Tokyo Station, Shinagawa Station 

[Meiji Jingu Naien (Inner Precinct)]

A mystic shrine enshrined in an urban forest

It is said that more people make their first shrine visit of the New Year to Meiji Jingu than any other shrine in Japan. Meiji Jingu, which enshrines the souls of Emperor Meiji and the Empress, who is known as the Shoken Empress Dowager, celebrates the major milestone of 100 years since its enshrinement in 2020, the year of the Tokyo Olympic & Paralympic games. The Naien (the inner precinct) surrounds the shrine building with a forest of various trees, including chinquapin, oak, and camphor, and is popular as a power spot as well as a healing space. You may be surprised to learn that the forest was in fact artificially constructed. It was originally created with trees donated from all over Japan at the time of enshrinement. This place attracted attention when a new species of insect and other rare organisms were discovered through a large-scale survey carried out in 2013.
Posted photos Main The forest of some 700,000 square meters is loved by city residents as a place to relax (aerial image)
Three photos Upper left The front shrine surrounded by the rich forest, upper right "Kiyomasa no Ido", the well which is said to have been dug by Kiyomasa Kato, has been attracting attention in recent years as a popular power spot, lower The large shrine gate (Daini Torii), made from cypress discovered deep in the mountains of Taiwan
Address Yoyogi-Kamizono-cho 1-1, Shibuya City, Tokyo Metropolis
Phone +81-3-3379-5511 (Main line) (Japanese only)
Hours Sunrise to sunset
* It varies depending on the month. Please check the website for details.
Holidays Open everyday
Fee Free for precincts
Admission fee for Gyoen (Gardens) 500 yen
Admission fee for the exhibition at the Treasure Museum Annex 500 yen
(Both fees are donated to the conservation of the facilities)
Access Take the JR Yamanote Line from "Tokyo Station" of JR Tokaido Shinkansen for approx. 25 minutes, alight at "Harajuku Station" and walk for approx. 1 minute.
* The posted photo is an aerial image. Please note that visitors cannot see this view.

updated on Aug 31, 2017

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