Meiji Shrine Tokyo

The official summer of 2015 starts today.  Travelling is probably on many people mind now. I feel like going somewhere too but for now I would just like to take you for a small tour of Meiji Shrine in Tokyo. Meiji Shrine is the one of the two shrines that I visited Tokyo a while back.

Meiji Shrine is located in Shibuya area which is quite busy place in Tokyo. The Harajuku subway train station is just in front of one of the entrance to the shrine. That is so convenient to get there from the subway.

Meiji Shrine front gate.

This is the main entrance of the shrine. I guess many probably have seen this Japanese style gate of temple before or even this gate in particular. This style of gate is called “Torii”. The Meiji Shrine’s gate is very large and made of wood.

Meiji Shrine long entrance way.

The entire area is in the big dense evergreen forest. The actual temple part is small relative to the entire area. There is a long walk from the entrance gate to get to the main temple.  The path is surrounded with tall green dense trees. I found the long walk along these trees gives you tranquility.

Meiji Shrine's forest

The above is the scenery of the well preserved forest surrounding the temple. The forest was quite dense and moist on that day but I think that accentuated the serenity of the place even further.

Meiji Shrine's irrigation.

I really do like the drainage design along the walkway.  The wide but shallow duct made of rectangular shape stones and the green mosses grow on the high wall is a great design. The man made structure blends in with the surrounding green so well.

Meiji Shrine's lamp post

The above is one of the lamp post. The style just matches with style of the temple there.

Meiji Shrine's sake barrels

These are sake barrels. They are for decoration.  I found this link to give information about the barrels and the shrine – It is quite interesting.

Meiji Shrine's inner gate

There is another inner Torii before entering the temple main ground. It was a welcome sight as the main ground opens up as you walk deeper. I think it gives subtle happiness feeling that you have accomplish some goal.

Meiji Shrine - washing place.

You will find a place to wash your hands before entering temple. This is a Japanese tradition that you can see the setup for washing before entering a temple. The place provides running water and small ladles to scope up water for washing your hands. I had one picture in the Hase-Dera temple post awhile back.

Meiji Shrine's gate door.

This is the wooden door before entering the temple. It made of big thick solid pieces of wood (this one made of 3 big wood panels). The carving looks like a flower. It uses many gentle curves and circles enclosing straight lines in the middle – very eye pleasing.

Meiji Shrine - main temple.

This is the main ground of the temple. There is no picture taken allowed beyond this point.  My memory is so vague now to remember what I saw there beyond this point. I am sorry about this.  I can only just recall peaceful feeling. I guess that is more important than the visual memory of the details.

Meiji Shrine's "Ema" wooden wishing plaques

On the temple ground there is a place setup for hanging wooden wishing plaques (“Ema”).  I wished I could read Japanese language. I would like to read some of these.

Meiji Shrine -  doors.

I exited the main ground through the other door. The door panels here are the same structural style but with different wood carving pattern. The design keeps gentle curves design theme however.  The carving appears to represent leaves. Still, they are gentle, simple and eye pleasing.

Meiji Shrine's resting area.This is the last picture of this post. I  like this view a lot. It just gave me the sense of real peacefulness. The building just stood there and there was no people near or close by at all.

Hope you all have great plan for this Summer.



48 thoughts on “Meiji Shrine Tokyo

  1. Ralph June 21, 2015 / 10:47 am

    A very interesting post YC. I enjoyed reading it 😀

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  2. AmyRose June 21, 2015 / 11:46 am

    What an incredible post, YellowCable. To see what you saw in a place I know I won’t see, is a Gift you have given me today. Wonderful pictures that depict the serenity and peace of this temple. I especially was drawn to your last image. It just really spoke to me. Thank you. Love, Amy ❤

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  3. cindy knoke June 21, 2015 / 6:25 pm

    Oh it is so beautiful! Japan is on my bucket list. Wonderful photos and narrative!

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    • YellowCable June 21, 2015 / 8:44 pm

      Thank you Cindy! I am sure you’ll have great time there. I wouldn’t mind going back again for sure.


  4. wakasahs15th June 21, 2015 / 6:39 pm

    Welcome to Tokyo!
    I have not yet been to Meiji Shrine. I understood it well by detailed explanation of you. Thank you.

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    • YellowCable June 21, 2015 / 8:46 pm

      Thank you very much Wakasahs15h san. I quite certain that you like the place as well.

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  5. Gallivanta June 24, 2015 / 6:16 am

    The forest setting is beautiful. Isn’t it interesting that your main memory of the shrine is a feeling of peace? You convey that sense of peace very well in your photos.

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  6. Otto von Münchow June 25, 2015 / 5:57 pm

    Such lovely photos. It feels like a peaceful and transcendental place. Thank you for taking us along to the Meiji Shrine.

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      • GolNaran July 17, 2015 / 9:05 pm

        I really love this gallery.
        I love Japan and your shots are so excellent.

        Best wishes for you, ❤


  7. anotherday2paradise June 27, 2015 / 11:30 am

    Such fascinating photos, YC. I love the idea of the wishing plaques. 🙂 The lamp is really pretty, and the grounds are so beautifully kept. Thanks for sharing your visit. 🙂

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    • YellowCable June 27, 2015 / 7:14 pm

      I think I like the idea of the wishing plaques too. People can see what they are and they could also those wishes come true to those who made the wises. Thank you.

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  8. Dalo 2013 July 4, 2015 / 11:25 pm

    Fantastic post ~ the opening photo of the gate is serene but also powerful in a peaceful sense…and I think maybe due to all the sake that they drank (great photo of all the sake jugs). Cheers to a good weekend.

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    • YellowCable July 5, 2015 / 6:50 am

      That was very funny and thank you 🙂 Please have a good weekend too!


  9. Maria July 7, 2015 / 6:18 am

    More than the temple, I just felt you felt serene, peaceful etc… forest walking etc… simple but nice structures(: this temple is different from temples I know because been only in India… it is more You oriented…walking, feeling peace, wishing and feeling good…nice concept…

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    • YellowCable July 7, 2015 / 6:58 pm

      Thank you very much for your thoughts on this post!


  10. nutsfortreasure July 11, 2015 / 8:12 am

    Thank you for sharing this spot with us I know I love ones that show other countries as I shall never go on my own 🙂

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    • YellowCable July 11, 2015 / 9:06 am

      Thank you Eunice. I am not sure about that. As some one told me “You never know” last week for a thing that I said impossible.

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      • nutsfortreasure July 11, 2015 / 9:11 am

        Thanks for reminding me anything is possible 🙂


    • YellowCable July 21, 2015 / 7:26 pm

      I am glad you like the style. I also like the Japanese style too. Thank you!

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  11. Suzy Hazelwood July 27, 2015 / 9:43 pm

    Wow, what an entrance way!!! 🙂 Looks like quite tranquil place to be! So what do they do with those wishing plaques – hang them somewhere?

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    • YellowCable July 28, 2015 / 9:14 pm

      A very good question! I would like to know more about those wishing plaques too.

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  12. joserasan66 October 3, 2015 / 7:57 am

    Una Serie Impresionante… Ha Sido Un Placer Descubrir Tu Blog, Un Saludo…

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  13. dvaal January 15, 2016 / 3:56 pm

    I want to visit the Asian countries so badly. I am thrilled you shared these pictures. I do wonder, out of curiosity -when you enter the temple, yu are expected to pray -or conduct any practice that would be against your own beliefs -do you? As, I would not be able to enter. I’d rather know this ahead of time, if by chance I make it there. Thanks for the help.

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    • YellowCable January 15, 2016 / 5:51 pm

      No, I did not have to pray or conduct any special practice except for keep your voice low or quiet as others were very quiet.

      Some places (not this particular place) may require you to take off your shoes and wear skirt if you are female or wear long pants for male.

      These are my experiences for those places that visited. I believe other places in south Asia should be similar. The worst case you can not enter the certain areas of the place.

      Thank you.

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      • dvaal January 16, 2016 / 9:06 am

        Thanks for letting me know. That was the one thing I was worried about.

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