Meiji Shrine (Meiji Jingu) is dedicated to the glorified spirits of Emperor Meiji, and Empress Shoken. Its large grounds will surely guarantee you a great and relaxing walk. A 40-foot-high (12 meter) torii gate will welcome the visitors at the entrance. One can stop at the cleansing station to rinse your hands and mouth before offering a prayer, write your wishes on a piece of paper and tie it onto ema (paper wall), toss some coin into the offering box, bow your head twice, clap twice, and bow again. You can also buy amulets and charms to keep the luck flowing.
On the first days of New Year, the shrine is visited by millions for hatsumode (first prayers), and at the rest of the year, you can witness traditional Shinto weddings taking place.
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Aside from offering a prayer on the Shrine, visitors can also pay a visit to the Maiji Jingu Treasure House, at the northern end of the grounds. The treasure house keeps and displays interesting personal belongings of the Emperor and the Empress.
The southern station is taken-up by the Inner Garden, with no admission fee. Within the garden, you can see Kiyomasa's well, named after a commander who dug it way back 400 years ago. It is believed to be a spiritual power spot, and was visited by the emperor and the empress when they were alive.
Take the JR Yamanote line to Harajuku station or Meiji-jingu-mae Station on the Chiyoda and Fukutoshin Subway Lines.
After strolling in the Shrine complex, you can visit the nearby public park adjacent to it, the Yoyogi Park.
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