Japan 2012 - Meiji Jingu Shrine

If you are in the Harajuku area, you are actually very close to one of the top attractions in Tokyo - the Meiji Jingu Shrine. This shrine was built in 1920 and dedicated to the Emperor Meiji and Empress Shoken. It was destroyed after the 2nd World War and rebuilt thereafter.

The Shrine is in the centre of a large park, and you will need to walk about 15 minutes from the Harajuku entrance. The entrance to the park is marked by a large torii gate made of 1,500-year-old cypress.

The architecture of the Shrine with its green-tiled roof and timber structures painted white at the ends is very elegant and beautiful.

The Shrine is also a very popular venue for wedding processions.Go on Sundays when you will have the best chance of spotting Japanese brides and grooms in their traditional costumes.


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