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An oasis of serenity in one of the world’s most frenetic cities, Meiji Jingu is Tokyo’s most sacred, and most understatedly beautiful, Shinto Shrine. Surrounded by a holy evergreen forest which sprawls over 170 acres, it’s the perfect place to take respite from the neon-soaked streets of the teeming metropolis. Adjacent to the shrine lies Yoyogi Park, which serves as an expansive back garden for hordes of space-starved Tokyo residents. On any given day you might see anything from Rockabilly gangs to rehearsing theatre companies, making it a prime spot for people watching in this endlessly fascinating city.

Things to see

As you approach the Meiji Jingu complex, you’ll pass under a giant torii gate, which marks the transition from the profane to the sacred. The shrine itself is imposing and stately, made from the finest Japanese cypress, with a gorgeous green copper roof. If you visit on a Sunday you may be lucky enough to catch sight of a bride in a brilliant white kimono, on the way to her traditional Shinto wedding ceremony.

Sunday is also the best time to visit Yoyogi Park and the wider Harajuku neighbourhood. It’s the preferred hangout spot for all of Tokyo’s most colourful characters – you might spot Elvis lookalikes sporting outlandish quiffs, cosplay kids, street musicians, and fire eaters, over the course of a single afternoon. Shibuya is packed with expertly curated museums, but the Ota Memorial Museum of Art is a firm local favourite. It boasts an incredible collection of Ukiyo-e – exquisite woodblock prints depicting sumo wrestlers, geishas, and other unmistakably Japanese iconography.

Hotels in Meiji Jingu Shrine

There’s an abundance of hotels near Meiji Jingu Shrine, ranging from cheap and cheerful to impossibly luxurious. The area boasts some of Tokyo’s most iconic hotels such as Century Southern Tower Hotel – palatial buildings packed with decadent facilities such as full service health spas, heated indoor pools, sleek cocktail bars, and gourmet restaurants. In your room you can expect to find features such as deep soaking bath tubs, crisp premium bedding, a giant flat-screen TV, and free designer toiletries. For budget-conscious travellers, there are plenty of appealing mid-range options such as Sun Members Tokyo Shinjuku, where you can enjoy home comforts like free WiFi, and a filling hotel buffet each morning.

Where to stay

Shibuya is one of Tokyo’s most enthralling and amenity-rich locations, so it’s a great place to stay if you’re up for sampling everything the city has to offer. You’ll never run out of incredible places to eat – there’s everything from minimalist, impossibly chic Michelin star restaurants, to cosy izakaya bars serving mouth-watering karaage chicken and ice cold beer. The area is a shopper’s paradise, with gleaming malls selling top international brands alongside cutting-edge local fashion. And Shibuya is home to some of Tokyo’s wildest nightlife – sing your heart out at all-you-can-drink karaoke lounges, or sip expertly mixed cocktails in glamorous subterranean clubs.

How to get to Meiji Jingu Shrine

Tokyo is served by 2 major international transport hubs – Narita International Airport and Haneda Airport. From Narita, you can reach Meiji Jingu in around 80 minutes. Take the Skyliner to Nippori station, then change onto the Yamanote line and alight at Yoyogi station. A taxi might take anywhere between 70 minutes and over 2 hours, depending on traffic. From Haneda, the train journey should take around an hour. Take the Tokyo Monorail to Hamamatsucho Station, then hop on the Yamanote line to Yoyogi. A taxi should take 30-50 minutes, while an Airport Limousine Bus will take around 80 minutes.

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