The historic Meiji Jingu Shrine located in Yoyogi-Kamizonocho, Shibuya-ku, which is the most visited shrine for Hatsumode every year in Japan and can be said to be the most famous shrine in Japan.

Meiji Jingu Shrine

It is also known as a place where prestigious events such as the yokozuna ring-entering ceremony of sumo wrestlers are held.

The shrine was built in 1920. The torii gate is the largest Myojin torii in Japan and is made of a 1,500 year old Japanese cypress tree.

Meiji Jingu Tokyo sightseeing spot

The shrine is dedicated to Emperor Meiji and Empress Dowager Shoken. The deity’s virtues include world peace, domestic safety, physical safety, exorcism of bad luck, prayer for success in school, prosperity of the company’s fortunes, and prosperity of business.

Meiji Jingu Shrine Sake Barrels

During the New Year’s Hatsumode, a New Year’s Day ceremony is held to pray for the prosperity of the imperial family and the nation.

New Year’s New Year prayers are also held which sees about 3.2 million people visit the shrine.

It is located a few minutes’ walk from Harajuku Station on the JR line and Meiji-jingumae Station on the Tokyo Metro line.

Meiji Jingu Shrine Visitor

Parking for about 50 cars is available, but it is not available on New Year’s 3rd and the surrounding area is crowded with the most worshippers in Japan, so it is best to use public transportation.

The expansive Yoyogi Park, and Meiji Jingu Gaien are nearby.

Meiji Jingu Shrine
Meiji Jingu Shrine
NameMeiji Jingu Shrine
HoursSunrise to Sunset
Closedwithout a holiday
Address1-1 Yoyogi-Kamizonocho, Shibuya-ku, Tokyo
Meiji Jingu Shrine

How To Get To The Meiji Jingu Shrine

  • 1 minute walk from Omotesando exit of Harajuku station on Yamanote line 
  • Or Meiji-jingumae station on Chiyoda line.

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