10D9N Spring Japan Trip: Meiji Shrine, Tokyo

After we walked past the row of barrels, we were finally arrived at the torii of Meiji Shrine. The torii is made of beautiful cypress wood which is more than 1,700 years old. 

10D9N Spring Japan Trip: Meiji Shrine, Tokyo

Meiji Shrine is the Shinto shrine that is dedicated to the deified spirits of Emperor Meiji and his wife, Empress Shoken. It does not contain the emperor's grave though. The shrine ground is covered by an evergreen forest that consists of 120,000 trees which were donated by people from all parts of Japan when the shrine was established. A marvellous feat indeed. 

Meiji Shrine at Shibuya Tokyo Japan

You can make a stop at the cleansing station where you can dip into a communal water tank and purify your hands and mouth before offering up a prayer at the shrine. 

Cleansing station at Meiji Shrine Tokyo Japan

A Japanese family is spotted doing the cleansing ritual. 

Cleansing ritual at Meiji Jingu Tokyo Japan

you can write wishes on little pieces of paper and tie them onto the prayer wall, or toss some yen into the offering box, bow your head twice, clap twice and bow once more. Like what they say, do as what the locals do when you travel, right?

Cleansing ritual at Meiji Shrine Japan

Meiji Shrine is also a popular place to hold a wedding and wedding photoshoot. If you come on a Sunday morning, chances are you can see a traditional Japanese wedding procession taking place here. 

Wedding photoshoot at Meiji Shrine Tokyo Japan

There is no admission fee to enter Meiji Shrine. The shrine opens from sunrise to sunset everyday. 

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