This perfect example of Shinto architecture-- muted colors and spare lines-- was opened in 1920 to commemorate the death of ... More
Meiji Jingu Shrine
This perfect example of Shinto architecture-- muted colors and spare lines-- was opened in 1920 to commemorate the death of Emperor Meiji in 1912. Surrounded by 72 hectares (178 acres) of shady trees and the various Japanese flora of Meiji Jingu Park, it is one of Japan's most sacred and picturesque shrines. The Imperial Treasury House annex exhibits the coronation carriage and mementos of Emperor Meiji and Empress Shoken.
Our trip to the Meiji Shrine was an interesting experience. The shrine is a fine example of Japanese shrine architecture. It's also nestled in a peaceful, picturesque area of Tokyo city. It makes you forget that you are in the middle of a big bustling city. It's definitely rich in historical interest and scenic beauty. We will return to the shrine when we visit Japan again in 2006.
I like this place very much in Tokyo. From reading guide book,I went there by myself on my last day of my first trip in Tokyo. I found there very peaceful and uniquely. I made a wish to go back to Japan again. Now my wish comes true,i will visit Japan again next month, I promise myself to give a highly respect to the shrine again and it will be the first thing i will do when i arrive Tokyo.
I am not such a religious person but what i feel is worthy. I met many foreigners there. It's interesting. They clap hands like Japanese way for giving a respect. For me, i just did as buddhism way, just do both hand as lotus shape at chest level and bow, then threw some coins for donation.
I was very impressed with this place. I went there once recently, and it was a great experience. After you get off of the subway, you walk towards Yoyogi Park and just before the entrance to the park, you turn right and you'll see this huge gateway which is entrance to the path to the shrine. This first gateway stands on these huge pillars made of wood. The pathway leading to the shrine was covered with pebbles. Surrounding the path was a forrest of trees and even a small creek which the path crossed over with a small bridge.
The scenery leading up to the shrine was beautiful enough. Once reaching the shrine, I was awestruck by not only the size but also the impressive architecture of this place. I am from the United States and had never been to Japan before this, therefore had never seen anything like it.
Entering the shrine was ritual. (I watched others enter before entering myself.)You rinse your hands and mouth with water before going in.
Inside there was a tree which you could put your wish on a wooden plaque and hang up. There were many wishes already up.
I guess I was mostly impressed with the grandeur of it all. Meiji Jingu Shrine was huge and gorgeous yet quiet and serene.
There was an excellent gift shop outside of the shrine too. It had a large assortment of souvenouirs that were reasonably priced.
Meiji Jingu Shrine is highly recommended by me to anyone taking a trip to Japan or who likes architecture.
If you're going to Tokyo to check out the shrines and temples, you're in the wrong city. But, if you're already there Meiji-jingu is worth checking out. The walk to the shrine is a nice wide path through the woods that takes you under a couple of large torii.
The shrine itself is a fairly recent reconstruction of the original and hardly compares to the buildings you will see if you travel to Kyoto or Kamakura.
This is a beautiful, peaceful and relaxing place and a great way to escape from the crowds of the city. And nearby Harajuku is a great place to look at - it has its own quaint and distinctive culture, quite unlike the rest of the city.
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