Meiji Shrine

Meiji Shrine in Harajuku, Tokyo worships Emperor and Empress Meiji which was constructed after the Emperor died.  It was completed in 1920.  The property was for the residence of samurai clan which was then purchased by the royal family.  Today, this is the shrine which has the largest number of visitors on New Year’s Day (more than 3 million between 1st-3rd Januray).

From the main gate, there is an approach towards the main shrine.  It is a solmn road with tall trees on both sides.  And along the way, there is a famous spot where the casks of Japanese sake liquor are stacked.  These sake were dedicated to the shrine.img_0040

Not only Japanese sake but wine is donated, too.  They are from Burgogne.

The property of the shrine is very large and it is about 180 acre.img_0031

The shrine is next to Yoyogi Park but I think you have to first go out from the Park in order to visit the Shrine.  Althought the property is vast, you cannot biking inside the Shrine.

Address: Yoyogi Kamizono-cho 1-1, Shibuya-ku, Tokyo

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