Meiji Shrine is one of Japan’s most popular attractions, with about 30 million visitors each year.
The shrine was completed and dedicated to Emperor Meiji and Empress Shoken in 1920, eight years after the passing of the emperor and six years after the passing of the empress.
The shrine embodies the people’s gratitude to Emperor Meiji and his consort, Empress Shoken, who modernized Japanese society and government in the early 20th century, and hence Emperor Meiji is considered the first emperor of modern Japan.
Approximately 100,000 trees, which make-up the Meiji Jingu’s forest, were donated from regions across the entire country, and planted during the shrine’s construction.
The massive Torii gate marks the entry into the shrine grounds.
Tourists, in addition to visiting the shrine, can participate in traditional prayer rituals.