2016 Spring Break in Tokyo: Meiji Jingu Shrine

For our next stop, off we went to Meiji Jingu Shrine. And, just like what we did for in all of our stay there, we just took the trains.

We were getting the hang of it so far! Because we didn't get lost, and we reached Meiji Jingu Shrine right on schedule.

Meiji Shrine is a shrine dedicated to the deified spirits of Emperor Meiji and his consort, Empress Shoken. Located just beside the JR Yamanote Line's busy Harajuku Station, Meiji Shrine and the adjacent Yoyogi Park make up a large forested area within the densely built-up city. The spacious shrine grounds offer walking paths that are great for a relaxing stroll.

The shrine was completed and dedicated to the Emperor Meiji and the Empress Shoken in 1920, eight years after the passing of the emperor and six years after the passing of the empress. The shrine was destroyed during the Second World War but was rebuilt shortly thereafter.

Emperor Meiji was the first emperor of modern Japan. He was born in 1852 and ascended to the throne in 1867 at the peak of the Meiji Restoration when Japan's feudal era came to an end and the emperor was restored to power. During the Meiji Period, Japan modernized and westernized herself to join the world's major powers by the time Emperor Meiji passed away in 1912.

What made our visit interesting was that there was a wedding taking place. Very interesting!

Would love to be back here again soon.

Here are directions in going there...

You can take Tokyo Metro Marunouchi line from Shinjuku to Akasakamitsuke. Then transfer to Ginza line to Asakusa. The fare is 230 yen. It takes 34 minutes.

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