The Meiji Shrine is the most important and popular
Shinto shrine in Tokyo. It was dedicated to the Emperor Meiji and his
wife Empress Shōken in 1926. The shrine is made up of buildings of
worship, forests, and gardens.
Each tree in the Meiji Forest was planted by a different Japanese citizen wanting to pay his respects to the Emperor. Meiji is thought of as the man who helped modernize Japan, and though the shrine was originally bombed in WWII, public donation restored the building and its grounds in 1958.
The entrance gates are made up of 1,700 year old cypress trees, leading to the inner and outer garden of the Meiji Shrine; the inner garden has over one hundred varieties of irises. Then, off a gravel path is the shrine's main hall. Built of cypress wood and topped with copper roofs, it is where prayers for the Emperor and Empress are recited. Finally, in the outer garden is one of the most popular attractions: the Meiji Memorial Hall, which houses over 80 murals dedicated to the Emperor.
Remember this is a sacred place and there are rules of etiquette when visiting the Temple.
Tours & Tickets
See Tokyo's highlights on a 4-hour sightseeing tour — a perfect introduction to the first-time visitor or someone with limited time. A professional guide ... Read more
Duration: 4 hours (approx.)
Discover the highlights of Tokyo on a full-day guided tour, the perfect introduction to the city. Visit Meiji Shrine, Japan's most famous Shinto shrine, stroll ... Read more
Duration: 8 hours 30 minutes (approx.)
Turn a critical lens on Japan's modernist architecture during this 3-hour walking tour of Tokyo, including Harajuku, Omotesando and Roppongi. A local scholar ... Read more
Duration: 3 hours (approx.)