Meiji Jingu Shrine is located right in the center of Tokyo and one of the major popluar destinations. You will be surrounded by natural forests and enjoy traditional ritual buildings. And right opposite of the shrine is Harajuku, the most exciting shopping town. Let’s have fun by visiting both!
In Shnto, Japanese original religion, it has been believed that the royal family members are descendants of the Japanese gods. Also, historical figures can be worshipped as gods in a shine.
In Meiji Jingu Shrine, Emperor Meiji (1852 – 1912) and his wife is worshipped as gods.
This is the entrance to the shrine’s main area. Torii, shrine’s gate shows that from here, you’ll be in the sacred area.
In Shinto shrine, you write your wish on a small wooden board, such as “Let me pass the entrance examination of a university,” “Let me find a good job,” and hang it in the sacred area. We believe that Shinto gods might make it true. We call this “Ema,” horse drawing, because usually, a horse is drawn on the board.
In the inner garden of the shrine, there’s a pond where the empress often enjoyed fishing. We still can find carps in the pond.
The Harajuku Railway Staion locates along the Meiji Jingu Shrine. The current building of the Harajuku Railway Station was built in 1924 and it’s the oldest wooden railway station building in Tokyo. When the royal family takes a train, the royal train departs and arrives here, a platform was made especially for that.
In the opposite side of the Harajuku Railway Station is Harajuku town, the most popular shopping district for younger generations. Especially in the Takeshita steet, You’ll find a lot of “kawaii” gift shops.
Next to the Takeshita Street is Omote Sando Avenue, the latest popular clothes and shoes shops are along this road. There’s also a famous toy shop, the Kiddy Land has been here more than 50 years!