Attraction 1-1 Kasumigaokamachi, Shinjuku, Tokyo Prefecture 160-0013, Japan Published on: 13-11-2015
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Why Meijijingu Gaien is special ?
Meiji-Jingu Gaien park is located west of Akasaka Estate and about 1.5 km east of Meiji-Jingu shrine.We usually call it "Jingu Gaien" for short.After Meiji Emperor passed away in 1912, this park was constructed for leaving his monument and was completed in 1926.
(Meiji Shrine was also constructed around the same time.)
Before the World War II, it was under the control of the government, and after the war it has been under the control of Meiji Shrine. Basically this site is a Western-style garden with many trees, and has an area of about 48 hectares.
There are the National Stadium built for the Tokyo Olympic Games in 1964, Meiji-Jingu Stadium for baseball, Chichibunomiya Rugby Stadium and some other sport and cultural facilities.
What to explore at Meijijingu Gaien?
The central facility is Seitoku Memorial Museum (Meiji Memorial Picture Gallery). It is a picture gallery, and is the symbol of this park. In this gallery, there are 80 pictures about Meiji Emperor and Meiji Period drawn by eminent painters at the time.
The main entrance is on the south side of this park and is on Aoyama Street. From there, there is a straight approach about 400 meters long. And many gingko trees line along the both side of the approach. Seitoku Memorial Museum is an extension of this approach, so the composition of beautiful trees and stately museum is popular.
How to get to Meijijingu Gaien?
Shinanomachi or Sendagaya station (Chuo Line).
Gaien-mae (Ginza Line) / Aoyama-itchome (Ginza, Hanzomon, Ooedo Lines) / Kokuritsu-kyogijo (Ooedo Line)
- Huge beautiful garden
- A peaceful, beautiful walk in Tokyo
- Stunning view in the heart of Tokyo
- Srenity in the city
- Wonderful Temple With Huge Torii
1-1 Kasumigaokamachi, Shinjuku, Tokyo Prefecture 160-0013, Japan
Tips for you
There are several entrances to the shrine which is located in the middle of the park, you should try and enter through the main entrance as there is a whole procedure where you are supposed to wash your hands and rinse your mouth before you go to the shrine to pray for good luck (if you're superstitious).Experience
Surprisingly, everyone I take here for a visit love it. It's one of the only two that the Emporer visits,the other being Ise shrine. On a good day you can see a traditional Japanese wedding. It's located in Harajuku and if you go on Sunday, you can see the kids whoso desperately need attention dressed up in their wacky outfits right near the entrance if the shrine. It's a long walk from the entrance to the shrine itself,