Meiji Shrine built on November 1, 1920 is a shrine in Shibuya-ku, Tokyo. Nature spreads around the shrine, and it is popular as a place of peace where you can forget the hustle and bustle of the city even though it is located in the center of the city.
There are three routes to Meiji Shrine. The most accessible route is Minami-Sando, which goes from JR Harajuku Station. Let’s go through the south approach to the main shrine (place to worship) of the Meiji Shrine.
When you exit JR Harajuku Station, you can see Jingu Bridge. Jingu Bridge is a bridge over the Yamanote Line between Harajuku Station and the entrance to Meiji Jingu.
Near the Jingu Bridge is the bridge called the Olympic Bridge, which was built during the 1964 Tokyo Olympics.
As you continue on the south approach, you will notice the stainless steel sculpture “Wheels of Fortune” where the sunlight and the surrounding greenery are reflected.
This sculpture was made by Japanese contemporary artist Tomokazu Matsuyama to celebrate the 100th anniversary of the founding of the Meiji Shrine. The shape of the deer antler and the wheel of a car gives off a sacred atmosphere as if life is dwelling though it is inorganic.
Furthermore, Kohei Nawa’s “White Deer” appears in the background. The deer unified in white, which represents innocence, has the idea of “being able to carry “the spirit” that makes the world feel positive even in uneasy situations.”
If you walk about 7 minutes from Harajuku Station, you will see the large torii gate called “Meishin Torii”, the second torii gate of Meiji Shrine. It is the largest wooden torii gate in Japan, and its 12-meter-high and 1.2-meter-diameter pillar is a masterpiece. It is a torii where you can feel the vitality of trees, so feel the power of trees by touching them with your hands and keeping them in close contact.
Japanese sake barrels and wine barrels appear near the second torii gate. The 60 barrels dedicated are dedicated to the Meiji Shrine, which enshrines the wine-loving Emperor Meiji, from a producer in the Burgundy region of France.
The 201 sake barrels also symbolize the Meiji Shrine, and the kanji that represents the name of sake and the pattern that represents that name are drawn.
Meiji Jingu Gyoen in the precincts is a place where you can fully enjoy the sacred atmosphere and nature full of vitality. Unlike traditional Japanese gardens, it does not use well-maintained garden trees, but is built taking advantage of the natural terrain. You can enjoy the sight of flowers and trees while walking along a small path. You can take a leisurely walk in the space surrounded by the scent of green, and your heart will gradually calm down.
In addition, there are many famous spots such as the well known Kiyomasa well as a power spot, and the Nanike pond where the water lilies and bright yellow illuminate the dazzling kohone flowers in the summer.
The forest in the precincts is made of about 100,000 trees donated from all over the country at the time of construction, and it is also called a true forest.
Known as a power spot, Meoto Kusunoki is overgrown with two trees nestling together. Since the Emperor Meiji and the Empress Shoken, who are enshrined as festival gods, were in close contact with each other, they are said to have the benefits of marriage, marriage and family security.
After walking around the precincts, why don’t you go back to the road you came and take a rest at CAFÉ “Forest Terrace” on the way to the south approach.
The bright wooden deck is impressive, and the wooden parts are made from domestic timber and dead wood from the donation trees of the Meiji Shrine.
In the space wrapped in gentle warmth, please enjoy the tea scent and the scent of greenery carried by the breeze.