Right before you head over to the popular shopping district in Tokyo – Harajuku, make a visit to the Divine Meiji Shrine (明治神宮, also known as Meiji Jingu).
Situated next to the bustling Harajuku station, Meiji Shrine was built to enshrine the souls of the late Emperor Meiji and his wife, Empress Shoken, as a commemoration to the remarkable deeds that they have done for their people. This majestic Shrine lies in the midst of the soothing forest, occupying approximately 700,000m2.
It was my first time visiting a Japanese shrine in Tokyo. Enjoy a peaceful morning or evening walk within the Shrine's premise. Clean fresh air, relaxing environment for the soul and eye-opening sceneries awaits you! As you enter the tranquil compound and walk along the rocky pavement, you will come across an interesting huge display of sake barrels and the gigantic Torii gate that guards the Shrine.
Various traditional Shinto (the indigenous faith of the Japanese people) activities, from making offerings to penning your wishes on an ema (a small wooden plaque), are also available if you are looking to experience the different culture. A wide selection of exquisite omamori (Japanese amulets) can also be purchased at their souvenir shop if you wish to get little blessings of love, fortune, health and many more.
On top of that, you can also get your hands on its unique Omikuji which uses the Waka Poetry written by the Emperor and Empress to give some enlightenment about life's philosophy.
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