The Meiji Jingu, Tokyo's most famous Shinto shrine, is beside the Harajuku Station of the JR Yamanote line. This station is a 10-minute walk to the shrine's southern entrance.
Torii gate with the Imperial chrysanthemum crest, Meiji Jingu Shrine, Tokyo.
Workers arrange lanterns at the entrance of the Meiji Jingu.
Sake barrels offered by a sake producer's association at the Meiji Jingu Shrine, Tokyo.
A visitor performs the temizu at the Temizuya (font) before enterine the Meiji Jingu. In addition to washing the hands, the purification ritual includes rinsing the mouth.
Visitors to Meiji Jingu write their wishes and hopes on an ema, which are hung under the camphor tree on the eastern side of the main shrine building.
Tatami artisans create the tatamis used for the tatami rooms at the Meiji Jingu.
Japanese maple adorn a house inside the Meiji Jingu.
The Meiji Jingu forest was created in honor of the Emperor and his Empress, by volunteers who came from all over Japan.
A daughter accompanies her father who takes a picture of the black carps in the pond inside Meiji Jingu.
Visitors stand at the Gehaiden (the outer hall in front of the main shrine building) at the Meiji Jingu.
Shinto worshippers bow twice towards the Naihaiden (inner hall in front of the main shring building), clap their hands twice, then bow again.
Kiyomasa's Well, named after the military commander who dug it up, attracts visitors with its reputation for giiving off spiritual energy.