Tokyo, Japan

Meiji Shrine

Posted In: Tokyo | Travel

On our last few hours in Tokyo we decided to make a pit stop at the popular Meiji Shrine before heading to the airport. Meiji, a shinto shrine, was completed in 1920 and dedicated to Emperor Meiji and Empress Shoken after their death. It is located in a gorgeous 170 acre forest area in the Shibuya district, in between Yoyogi Park and Harajuku Station, so be sure to stop by before or after exploring Takeshita Street!

My favorite part? As you walk under that gigantic torii gate it feels like you’ve been teleported out of the city. Another plus.. the August heat felt somewhat bearable as we walked under those big beautiful trees. Believe it or not there are over 100,000 trees that make up this forest. They were all donated from places across Japan and planted while the shrine was under construction. Cool huh?

IMG_9725 IMG_9728 IMG_9733 IMG_9744Before walking into any shinto shrine you must stop at the “temizuya” or water basin to purify your mind and body. Use the ladles that are provided to wash both of your hands. You can also pour some water into your hand, sip it and swish it for a few seconds. Spit it out on the rocks at the bottom of the water basin.

IMG_9750 IMG_9755IMG_9764IMG_9766IMG_9768 IMG_9758If you’ve followed this blog for a while then you know my love for ema’s is strong!! I love this shot of a little boy writing down his wishes on wood.

IMG_9772IMG_9769 IMG_9770IMG_9771It looked like it was about to rain, so we decided to head out… but not until we checked out the sake barrels!IMG_9755 IMG_9774 IMG_9778 IMG_9789IMG_9781 IMG_9796IMG_9811IMG_9797                               ^^ Katie answering some questions from a Japanese boy for his English class ^^

IMG_9803 IMG_9818                                          ^^ a little more info on the story of the Meiji Shrine and these sake barrels ^^

IMG_9810IMG_9826 IMG_9827Meiji Shrine

 1-1 Yoyogikamizonocho, Shibuya, Tokyo 151-8557
Sun – Sat / 5:45 AM – 4:30 PM

There is a renovation currently going on in preparation for the shrines 100th anniversary in 2020. Which is why part of the gate of the main complex is covered with a photo.