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Tokyo Station, Shinagawa Station
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 shrines in Japan. Meiji Jingu, which enshrines the souls of Emperor Meiji and Empress Shoken, celebrates the major milestone of 100 years since its enshrinement in 2020, the year of the Tokyo Olympic & Paralympic games. The forest of Meiji Jingu, surrounding its main shine, consists 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 man made forest. It was a man-made forest created with 100,000 donated trees from all over Japan at the time of enshrinement. This place has also got 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 main 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 of cypress in Taiwan.
|Address||1-1 Yoyogikamizono-cho, Shibuya City, Tokyo|
|Phone||+81-3-3379-5511 (Japanese only)|
|Hours||Sunrise to sunset
* It varies depending on the month. Please check the website for details.
|Fee||Free for precincts
Admission fee for Gyoen (Gardens) 500 yen
(Fee is 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 Mar 30, 2018
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