Tranquility in Tokyo: The Meiji Shrine

After a walk through Shibuya and past Harajuku we ended up at the Meiji Shrine which is a Shinto shrine dedicated to the spirits of the Emperor Meiji and his wife Empress Shōken.

Meji Shrine Meji Jingu TokyoMany sake barrels which were apparently donated each year by the Meiji Jingu Nationwide Sake Brewers Association and others as a sign of respect for the spirits of the Emperor and Empress.

Meji Shrine Meji Jingu TokyoIt was a really tranquil place and it was easy to forget that we were actually in the centre of one of the largest cities of the world. Meji Shrine Meji Jingu Tokyo

In many locations around the shrine there were places to hang  Ema, small wooden plaques which are usually used by Shinto worshippers to write their prayers or wishes. They are hung around theses shrines so that the spirits can then receive them.

Meji Shrine Meji Jingu TokyoA place for the ritual washing ceremony before you enter the shrine.

Meji Shrine Meji Jingu Tokyo

Meji Shrine Meji Jingu TokyoThe torii gate, a traditional Japanese gate marking the entrance to a shrine. This was the main entrance to the Meiji shrine complex.

Meji Shrine Meji Jingu Tokyo

Meji Shrine Meji Jingu Tokyo

Meji Shrine Meji Jingu Tokyo

Meji Shrine Meji Jingu Tokyo

Meji Shrine Meji Jingu TokyoIf you are in Tokyo and need a bit of peace and tranquility this is definitely a good place to try. It’s true that this place does get busy with a lot of tourists, but it is still one of the most peaceful places we visited in the city.

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This entry was posted by Jennifer Ferreira.

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