Sunday, July 12, 2015

Tokyo Meiji Jingu Shrine - Time Travel in Tokyo

Aside from the hustle and bustle in Tokyo, a visit to the Meiji Jingu shrine offers a more relaxing and spiritual experience while in Japan. This Shinto shrine was originally dedicated for the Meiji Emperor, it has recently become one of the most popular sightseeing spots in Tokyo for both Japanese people and foreign travelers.
Meiji Jingu Shrine. Tokyo Consult. TokyoConult.
Time travel in Tokyo, a visit to Meiji Jingu shrine.





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If your entire day is divided into four parts like how I would plan my trip in Tokyo, I recommend planning your visit to Meiji Jingu shrine in the morning. Save your afternoon for shopping or trend-spotting at the nearby Harajuku and Omotesanto area. 

Arriving at JR Harajuku station on the JR Yamanote line.
JR Harajuku Station. Tokyo Consult. TokyoConsult.
JR Harajuku station, Tokyo.

Follow the sign of direction that lead you to the entrance of Meiji Jingu shrine, where you will see see one of the largest Torii in Japan.
Torii at Meiji Jingu Shrine. Tokyo Consult. TokyoConsult.
Torii at Meiji Jingu shrine, Tokyo.

Walk through a tunnel of forest
Meiji Jingu Shrine. Tokyo Consult. TokyoConsult.
Time tunnel leading to Meiji Jingu Shrine, Tokyo.

I believe these are offering of wine and sake.
Sake barrel at Meiji Jingu Shrine. Tokyo Consult. TokyoConsult.
Offerings of sake barrel at Meiji Jingu shrine, Tokyo.
Barrels of offering.
Sake Barrel at Meiji Jingu Shrine. Tokyo Consult. TokyoConsult.
Offering of sake or wine barrels at Meiji Jingu shrine, Tokyo.

Hand cleansing ritual before entering the actual shrine, a must-do before entering any shrine in Japan. Just repeat what Japanese visitors are doing.
Meiji Jingu Shrine. Tokyo Consult. TokyoConsult.
Cleanse ritual before entering Meiji Jingu shrine, Tokyo.

Nice quiet area at the center of Tokyo metropolis.
Meiji Jingu Shrine. Tokyo Consult. TokyoConsult.
Popular spots for travelers.

Purchasing a wooden wish plaque (ema) or lucky charm (omamori)
Meiji Jingu Shrine. Tokyo Consult. TokyoConsult.
Purchase your omamori souvenir 

Write down your wish or wishes on the wooden plaque
Meiji Jingu Shrine. Tokyo Consult. TokyoConsult.
Write down your wishes on the purchased wooden plaque

 Hang and leave it at Meiji Jingue shrine so your wish would soon come true.
Meiji Jingu Shrine. Tokyo Consult. TokyoConsult.
Wooden wish plaque at Meiji Jingu shrine

Then enter the main shrine area to pray and make your offering of 5-yen coin to the Kamisama. 
Meiji Jingu Shrine. Tokyo Consult. TokyoConsult.
Drop 5 yen coin into the Saisen bako (offering box)


Great place for travel photographers.
Meiji Jingu Shrine. Tokyo Consult. TokyoConsult.
Picturesque gate at Meiji Jingu shrine, Tokyo.

If you are lucky, travelers will be able to have the opportunity to see a traditional Japanese wedding.
Meiji Jingu Shrine. Tokyo Consult. TokyoConsult.
Traditional Japanese wedding at Meiji Jingu shrine, with modern skyscraper in the background.

Access to Meiji Jingu shrine

Hours
Sunrise to sunset according to the official site.
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