Meiji Jingu or meiji shrine is a popular tourist spot. This shrine is dedicated to the Emperor Meiji and his consort Empress Shoken though their tombs are in kyoto. It is built in the year of 1920.
It is open everyday throughout the year. The opening hours are during the sunrise and the closing hour would be sunset. So the opening hour changes every month depending on the sunrise and sunset hours.
How to go to Meiji Jingu
You can get to Meiji shrine by train, there are several station that you can stop to get to meiji shrine.
|Sangubashi Station||Station exit||5 Minutes walk||West shrine gate|
|Yoyogi Station||West exit||8 Minutes walk||North shrine gate|
|Yoyogi Station||A1 exit||8 Minutes walk||North shrine gate|
|Fukutoshin line||Kitasando Station||Exit 1||5 Minutes walk||North shrine gate|
|Harajuku Station||Station exit||1 Minutes walk||South shrine gate|
|Meiji Jingu Mae ’Harajuku’ Station||JR exit||1 Minutes walk||South shrine gate|
|Fukutoshin line||Meiji Jingu Mae ’Harajuku’ Station||JR exit||1 Minutes walk||South shrine gate|
The night before we visit Meiji Jingu, it was snowing in the middle of the night! The view was amazing but it was so cold.
We got lost for abit and asked around for the direction to the shrine, it was quite miserable when you can’t speak Japanese and not able communicate with the local plus it was snowing! it’s freezing cold.
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Finally we’ve arrived at the entrance of meiji shrine, walking about 10minutes from the entrance to reach the shrine. Along the way the scenery was amazing.
You’ll see a very eye catching ‘Temizuya’ (water purification basin), you will see this water basin basically every temple you visit in Japan. It is part of the shinto religion, a ritual to purifies the mind and body before proceeding to the main shrine.
(and I thought it was a wishing well of some sort at the first sight)
If you are wondering what do you do at temizuya, what you basically do is rinse your hand and mouth (I actually take a sip of water was ice cold refreshing).
Rinse your left hand then your right hand, pour water into your left hand and rinse your mouth.
At the main shrine there’s a coin box , with instruction. First put up some coins into the coin box then bow twice follow by clapping your hand twice and make your wish then bow once more. ‘Photos are prohibited when there is a roof above your head’ but you still can take photo when you are not under the roof. (not sure why)
The east and south gate of Meiji Jingu.
It was worth the visit despite the first hour of miserable, the rain and the lost of direction.
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