I’m Masayo, Tokyo Guided Tour planner.
I introduce where to explore with family members in Tokyo.
Today‘s target is…..Meiji Jingu Shrine！
History of Meiji Jingu Shrine
Meiji Jingu Shrine is one of the most popular shrines in Tokyo.
Here, Meiji Emperor and empress are enshrined.
The emperor passed away in 1912.
The empress passed away in 1914.
Then people built Meiji Jingu Shrine in this area where was related closely to them.
The building was built in 1920, but unfortunately the first building was destroyed by an air raid
when Great East Asia War was occurred.
The current building was constructed in 1958.
It is located in a huge forest.
How can you imagine the big forest in such a metropolis??
It is actually an artificial forest.
About 100,000 trees were collected from all over Japan, and planted in 700,000 square-meter land.
People enjoy not only historical buildings, but also nature.
This is a spot which makes people relaxed.
Japanese people have a custom of the first visiting of shrines or temples in the New Year.
Meiji Jingu Shrine is the most busiest shrine in Japan.
It is estimated that over 3 million people visit here in the first few days of the year.
Some people have their wedding ceremonies here.
Most of Japanese young couples hold their wedding ceremonies at church, but some of them have in shrines.
Then brides wear white beautiful Kimonos with while hoods.
That is called ‘TSUNOKAKUSHI”
Tsunokakushi means “hide their horns”
Horns are the symbol of anger.
Women hide their “anger” by jealousy.
You may have ever seen Sake barrels in shrines.
They are offerings.
To offer sake is common in Japan.
However, you can find another barrels here.
Wine barrels are also offered.
It is said that Meiji emperor liked wine so much.
So the wine is the offering for him!
Wine made in Bourgogne has been donated since 2006.
The Shinto priest and shrine maidens visit Bougogne and play Japanese traditional music, GAGAKU in 2015.
2.The second Torii (The second Shinto shrine gate)
Torii is a shinto shrine gate.
Torii means a barrier between holy place for gods and our world.
So when you go through the gate, you will be purified.
Please don’t walk the middle of Torii but right or left side.
The center of the gate is only for gods!
This gate is the highest wooden gate in Japan.
The height is 12 meters, the width is 17.1 meters, the diameter of the pillars is 1.2 meters.
The weight is 13 tons.
The current torii gate is the second one.
The first gate was destroyed by lightning.
The gate is made of cypress.
A 1500 year-old cypress was donated by Taiwan.
3.Main hall and hall for worship
Approaches to shrines are usually straight.
But the approach to the Meiji Jingu shrine is not straight.
It is said that the angle is 88°.
8 means happiness in Japan.
Japanese people have some rules when they pray at shrines.
I tell you how to pray at shrines.
2.clap your hands twice
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How to get to the nearest station?
The nearest stations are Harajuku station or Meiji-jingumae station.
From Shinjuku station
|Shinjuku Sta.||→||Harajuku Sta.||JR Yamanote Line|
From Asakusa station
|Asakusa Sta.||→||Omote-sando Sta.||Tokyo Metro Ginza Line|
|Omote-sando Sta.||→||Meiji-jingumae Sta.||Tokyo Metro Chiyoda Line|
From Narita Airport
|Narita Airport||→||Nippori Sta.||Keisei Narita Airport Line|
|Nippori Sta.||→||Harajuku Sta.||JR Yamanote Line|
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