Meiji Shrine/Meiji Jingū (How to go and what to expect)

Meiji Shrine is probably one of the most instagrammed shrines whenever someone is in Tokyo.

The shrine can be found in Shinjuku which is very accessible via subways, making it easy for anyone to go visit the shrine.

The subway that’s closest to Meiji Shrine is Meiji-jingumae ‘Harajuku’ Station.

Meiji-jingumae ‘Harajuku’ Station option lines and station code –
1. Chidoya Line – C03
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2. Fukutoshin Line – F15
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Closest exit if you get out from Meiji-jingumae ‘Harajuku’ Station is exit 3. You will see the Tori gates as soon as you get out.IMG_6794.JPG


While planning out our itinerary I was supposed to ride the subway all the way to Meiji-jingumae ‘Harajuku’ Station, but coming from Kikka, the “best” way to get to Meiji Shrine is ride the JB Chuo Sobu Line and get down at Yoyogi Station.

Yoyogi Station option lines and station code –
1. JB Chuo-Sobu Line – JB11
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2. Oedo Line – E26
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3. JY Yamanote Line – Yoyogi
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if you will choose to get down at Yoyogi Station, get out at the West Exit
view as soon as you get out
cross the pedestrian on your left and walk towards the right side of the building
walk straight
as soon as you see a pedestrian on your right, cross
and face left and walk straight
you will notice this alley on your right, follow that path
and you will arrive Meiji Shrine!!


Honestly, the walk from Yoyogi Station to Meiji Shrine was a bit challenging and tiring BUT it was worth it. The entrance that we took towards the shrine was the less “popular” one and we got to enjoy the path heading towards the shrine.




you get to see this view as well when you get down at Meiji-jingumae ‘Harajuku’ Station but it was more peaceful if you came from Yoyogi Station as there was lesser people

information about Meiji Shrine
and the map


you can write down prayers or wishes on the wood and hang them
but you have to buy one for 500 yen
instructions placed for everyone
but if you don’t want to pay, you may also write down a prayer or a wish. You can find these paper and envelope that you can write on
instructions placed for everyone

Of course we couldn’t leave without taking a photo of the famous Sake Barrels found in Meiji Shrine that’s on everyone’s instagram!


why there are so many sake barrels

all photos taken using an iPhone / Fujifilm X-T20 18-55 mm

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