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Absolutely beautiful! There was a wedding while we were there, so it was a unique experience. If you have time, tour the whole grounds, it’s lovely! Make sure to wash your hands & mouth at the water station before you enter the main gates to show respect & bring some coins with you.
This place is such an amazing sight on New Years day and the following week. the do set up a temporary train station to handle all of the extra crowds at this time of year. after you finish here It's just a short walk to Yoyogi Park.
This is a worthwhile visit in Tokyo. Directly across from a very busy shopping district (Harajuku), one can walk slowly among tall trees in quiet reflection. The grounds are well-kept and the shrine is beautiful. Note: Walk on the side paths. The center is meant for the gods.
It was too hot for me to walk all the way to the shrine but I really enjoyed the former imperial garden and tea house along the way, Meiji Jingu Gaien. There is a lovely pond there with a couple benches, formal iris garden which must be spectacular in May-June and an amazing collection of bonsai.
I went on a Monday and it wasn’t too busy. Although, there were a few tour buses of retirees that came through as I was leaving, so just be aware of your surroundings and try to get there earlier in the day. It’s a great stroll and a beautiful green space.
The shrine and it's surrounding garden are my favorite place in the world. If you're getting overwhelmed by the hustle and bustle of Tokyo life this place will calm you. Every time I go to Japan I make this a must do!