A deified emperor
Emperor Meiji of the famed Meiji Restoration was credited with opening Japan to the rest of the world and setting the country on its path to progress. Upon his death in 1920, the Shrine was commissioned as a memorial to the Emperor and his wife, Empress Shoken.
The shrine and its surroundings are popular for their natural beauty and spiritual ambience which draw millions of visitors each year particularly in the New Year.
A shrine within a forest
Spread over a vast 70 hectares, an impressive 12-metre high torii gate ushers you from the bustling city into the serene wooded environs of the shrine. The gate itself is carved from 1500-year-old cypress and reflects the deep reverence held by the Japanese for Emperor Meiji.
Culture buffs will enjoy the Treasure Museum and the Meiji Memorial Picture Gallery which features large murals depicting the life and times of Emperor Meiji.