Meiji Jingu Shrine

The first time I came to Tokyo, I headed out to Meiji Jingu Shrine by myself. It was a really, really nice walk, as I went into the inner gardens which were very peaceful and tranquil. It’s one of those things that I think you really MUST do when you come to Tokyo.

Now, every time my friends come to Tokyo, we bring them to the Meiji Jingu shrine. If you go on the weekend, you’ll usually get to see a Japanese wedding! I always find this very fascinating.

Take a look at what it’s like!

First, you'll come across barrels of sake wrapped in straw.
First, you’ll come across barrels of sake wrapped in straw.
You'll pass by huge shrine gates. It's actually the biggest wooden 'torii' in Japan!
You’ll pass by huge shrine gates. It’s actually the biggest wooden ‘torii’ in Japan!

Here, wash your hands and mouth. If you're not sure how to do it, just copy the Japanese people.

You can buy a little wooden board and write your prayers on it.
You can buy a little wooden tablet and write your prayers on it.
More tablets.
Prayers in all kinds of languages.
Ah, we got lucky! A Japanese wedding in procession!
Ah, we got lucky! A Japanese wedding in procession!

This time, we didn’t go into the Inner Gardens but I strongly suggest that if you’re already at the shrine, take some time to explore in. It’s a 500 yen donation, and a completely worthwhile donation for something so beautiful.

Once you’re finished, a nice itinerary would be to head over to Harajuku’s Takeshita Dori for some crazy shops, and then you can move on to Omotesando to soak up the high-end atmosphere. Have fun!

Here’s the official site of the Meiji Jingu Shrine.

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Ann Jie

Loves good conversations and hates small talk. Finds people fascinating and wonders why meanies exist. Loves writing violent, graphic short stories but finds horror movies too scary to watch. Follow me on Instagram @annjieslices or tweet me a slice of YOUR life at @annjieslices!

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