In day five of the six excursions I shared what I did in Yokohama to have a fun-filled day! Today, day six and the last of the blog series, I won’t be sharing what to do in a city but actually sharing my experience at one location.
Address- 1-1 Yoyogikamizonocho, Shibuya, Tokyo 151-8557
Hours- 5:00 am – 6:00 pm
Website- Meiji Jingu
The Meiji Shrine is dedicated to Emperor Meiji and his consort Empress Shoken. The grounds of Meiji Jingu is acres of forest that had been donated from the people and overseas when the Emperor and Empress passed away. For more history and facts on the shrine visit the website!
When you reach a torii gate, it is common etiquette to bow once when entering and also when leaving. After you go through the torii gate there’s a long cobble stone path through the forest. Walking along the path there are signs to lead you around the grounds. Once close to the main shrine building you will come to barrels of sake wrapped in straw. The sake barrel are offered yearly to the Emperor and Empress by sake brewers from all over Japan. There are also barrels of wine as well.
Walking the paths through the forests was so relaxing and really worth just taking your time. The grounds around the main shrine building were so peaceful and pretty.
We had the neat experience of witnessing a traditional Japanese wedding that was happening when we arrived.
It isn’t permitted to take photos while under any kind of roof. If you want to see the temple and other parts of the grounds you will just have to visit and see for yourself!
After walking the main shrine building grounds, we decided to take a stroll and find the Treasure Museum. It is also not permitted to take photographs in the museum. The museum has lots of history and personal items of the Emperor Meiji.
Other things to visit at the Meiji Shrine.
- Iris Garden
- Bunkakan (Exhibition at treasure museum annex)
- Kaguraden (Hall of sacred music and dance)
- Shiseikan Dojo (Martial arts training hall)
- Shukueisha (Training hall for traditional Japanese Budo)
I hope you enjoyed this blog series, Six excursions in six days! Thank you for reading and keep a close eye out for more adventures with me!
© 2015 TNG