The shrine and it's surrounding garden are my favorite place in the world. If you're getting overwhelmed by the hustle and bustle of Tokyo life this place will calm you. Every time I go to Japan I make this a must do!
There are weddings on Saturdays. You can see couples dressed in traditional Japanese clothing. The couples move in a mini parade from where the ceremony is carried out to an area where wedding photos are taken. It's very pretty and you'll get great pictures.
etiquette - hand washing at the water station before you enter 1) rinse the ladle 2) wash left hand with ladle 3) wash right hand with ladle 4) fill left hand with water, slurp, rinse mouth and spit out 5) rinse ladle and replace 6) bow thanks. Walk on edges of the gates - only Gods can pass through the middle. To make a wish at the shrine, take a 5 yen coin (with a hole in) toss the coin in, bow, clap twice, make your wish, bow again.
It is wonderful. The staff are very friendly. A striking park that was entirely built to enshrine the spirits of the emperor and empress of the Meiji reformation. Many trees were brought from around Japan to create the ecosystem that now seems like a natural forest. Modernity becomes nature, and nature becomes modernity! Very worth a visit.
A beautiful walk through lush forest to get to the shrine. A mindful space to reflect and immerse yourself in Japanese culture. An uplifting experience. After Meiji Jingu Shrine you can skip across to Harajuku and have a taste of modern Japan by taking a walk down Takeshita Street. A vast contrast to the serenity from the Shrine but shows you how diverse Tokyo can be.