The Shrine of Meiji, known and famous for its New Year's Day celebrations, is an active and vibrant temple. In particular, you can see it on Sundays, when masses of people visit the 1,000-acre compound.
The temple serves for quite a few traditional wedding ceremonies, in the Japanese style. If you see a ceremony while you are here, you will enjoy seeing family relatives in a traditional kimonos, and the men in Western suits.
The temple complex includes beautiful gardens, which blossom in June, during the season of the iris. In fact, the temple is located in Yoyogi Park in the young and colorful Harajuku district. It is said here that the rich vegetation is based on excellent contributions by pilgrims to the most important temple in Japan for Shinto believers.
Even if you do not believe, before entering the Temple, cleanse yourself on the beautiful trough in front of the entrance. Rub some water on your hands and rinse your mouth with the metal cups. Now you are pure, and ready to enter into the Shine.
At the entrance to the temple itself there are special tables at which the Japanese throw a coin, for donations. They then clap hands to draw the attention of the gods. Even after prayer, it is customary to clap and announce that the prayer is over.
Shinto, the basic religion of Japan, was once the religion of the state here. Today it is subject to the individual's decision.
Shinto shrines will be found everywhere in Japan. These temples are often erected to indicate mountains, rivers, forests, waterfalls and other natural phenomena, which are especially good and beautiful.
After visiting the temple, you should go for a walk in the surrounding park. Especially beautiful to visit here in June, the blossom season of the iris.