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Meiji Jingu Shrine
Traditional Sake Offerings at Meiji Jingu Shrine

Meiji Jingu Shrine is located in Harajuku ward of Tokyo Metropolis.  It is easily reached by travelling to Harajuku station of Tokyo subway. 

Meiji Jingu Shrine is built as a remembrance and dedication to Emperor Meiji.  Emperor Meiji is responsible for taking Japan from a closed country to a open and modernized country.  During this called "Meiji Restoration", Japan opened up it's borders to foreign trade and paved the way to becoming the global cultural and economic power.

Both Emperor Meiji and his consort Empress Shouken are enshrined in this place.  It was opened for public on 1st November of 1920.  Birthday of Emperor Meiji 3rd November, every year a large festival is celebrated in the Shrine.

Meiji Jingu Shrine Temple Seal

Meiji Jingu shrine is located in the middle of Tokyo city and is a large shrine with sprawling shrine grounds with many trees and walkways.  It provides a great place for Tokyo residents a place to relax and take their mind of every day issues.  It is also not a bad place for foreign tourists to visit and enjoy.

Here is a video of the Meiji Jingu Shrine:

There are two gardens in the Shrine, an inner shrine which is about 173 acres and an outer garden which is 74 acres.  This gives you an idea of how big this shrine is, right in the middle of Tokyo.  There is a treasure museum in the shrine, which exhibits various articles used by Emperor Meiji and Empress Shouken.  There is a Meiji Memorial hall where the original Meiji constitution was drafted.  This hall also acts as a Shrine office and a wedding chapel for Shinto weddings.

Inside the Shrine, in addition to the traditional sake offerings you see in many shrines, a set of vintage wines presented by the French government are also displayed as a Shrine offerings.  It is a treat to watch these wine barrels lined up in the shrine grounds. 

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