Meiji Jingu 明治神宮

In the middle of bustling Shibuya, just behind the Harajuku train station, you will find the entrance to this lush park. Take a deep breath and step into the gravel paths leading to the park’s core. Along the way you will see treasures given to Japan’s Emperor by foreign dignitaries, you will cross wooden gates, the torii, and right at the center there is the impressive Meiji Shrine, devoted to Shinto Gods. Shinto is Japan’s home-grown religion. If you are lucky, you will witness a wedding ceremony. Since this is a holy place, you cannot go running in the area. If you are looking for exercise, head to Yoyogi Park instead, which is attached to this same mass of greenery.

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