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The Meiji Shrine, or Meiji Jingu, is a Shinto shrine dedicated to Emperor Meiji and his wife Empress Dowager Shoken located on the forested grounds between Shinjuku and Shibuya. The shrine was built in 1920 after the Meiji Emperor passed away in 1912 and the Empress Shoken in 1914. Unfortunately, the original shrine was destroyed during a World War Two firebombing and was rebuilt in 1958. Currently, the Meiji Shrine is split into three areas: the main complex which houses the massive torii gates and shrines, the treasure house which includes personal belongings of the Emperor and Empress, and the Inner Garden. During the New Years, many come to this shrine for their Hatsumode tradition (first shrine visit of the year). Many opt to have their weddings at the shrine, so you just may see a bride wearing a stunning kimono next to her groom in traditional, black robes. The shrine's grounds spread over 700 square meters covered by a forest with approximately 170,00 trees. Interestingly enough, the trees are all kept to the same height for a uniform look throughout the forest. Most of the trees were actually donated the shrine was rebuilt, planted in a certain manner to keep them all looking in unison.
Don't forget, the Meiji Shrine is just a short walk away from Harajuku in case you wanted to sneak away for a quick visit during our line of Spring Japan Tours or Highlights Japan Tours in Tokyo. You can also explore this charming landmark with a small group tour and personalized tour guide with our custom or private vacation package. Enjoy a luxury trip through the glamorous Meiji Shrine with your own guide by your side!
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