Meiji Shrine is a Shinto shrine dedicated to the spirits of Emperor Meiji and his wife. The original shrine was built in 1920, but was unfortunately destroyed during World War II. Rebuilt in 1958, the new Meiji Shrine is one of Tokyo’s most beautiful and popular shrines. Still, Meiji-jingu doesn’t feel at all touristy. The atmosphere around the shrine is surprisingly somber.
The shrine is located in a lush forest near Shibuya, one of the city’s busiest neighborhoods. Visiting the shrine feels like a distinct getaway from the busy big city. Inside the forest is a world of its own, serene and calming.
Barrels of sake line the path leading to the shrine
The shrine has vast courtyards and numerous nooks to explore. The grounds and gardens are invigoratingly quiet and calm, inviting you to even think with just a whisper. Meiji is the perfect place to recharge before returning to the never-ending noise of Tokyo.
Visitors to the shrine can also write wishes and prayers on little pieces of paper and attach them onto a prayer wall. Mine has yet to come true, but I guess I’ll just have to work on my patience…