I visited "Meiji Jingu" which was famous because most worshipers come for a New Year's visit to a Shinto shrine in Japan this time.
I went out JR "Harajuku Station" Omotesando Exit wicket and saw Otorii of Meiji Jingu on the right side as soon as I turned right. I went ahead through the long south approach to a shrine from here. The trees around the approach to a shrine were deep and felt that it was a holy place. Meiji Jingu Museum is on the right side when I go ahead about 200m. The Museum is opened to mark the 100th anniversary of the founding of Meiji Jingu. And the Museum keeps the treasure of the Emperor Meiji and Empress Shoken connection in a good state for a long time and was opened as information dispatch facilities to have a worshiper understand Meiji Shrine more deeply. Furthermore, the approach to a shrine continues more when I go ahead through the approach to a shrine and turn left at the place that a barrel of the Western liquor dedicates it to the left side a barrel of the national sake on the right side, and is displayed and pass through second Otorii. As "the Meiji Jingu Gyoen (Imperial Gardens)" was on the left side in the middle of this approach to a shrine, I observed it.
This Gardens is a venerable famous garden for the Emperor Meiji, and the beginning in the Edo era was a garden of the suburban residence of a daimyo of the Katos of the Kumamoto-jo Castle master, but it is to a thing of the Hikone feudal lord Iis and is the place that General Sandai Iemitsu Tokugawa visited afterwards. It became the Crown lands of the Imperial Family after the Meiji Restoration and was called Yoyogi Gyoen (Imperial Garden) here. The area is about 83,000 square meters, and a path passes between bear bamboo grass and leaves the feature of the village forest of Musashino. There is a wooden house of the sukiya style called "Kakuuntei" in the garden, and an azalea is arranged for the gentle lawn slope having been continued since this house, and a carp and a crucian carp swim in "Nanchi" of there (said to be "O-sensui" in an old pond of nature of 8,300 square meters in area in the Iis times). There is 16 pieces of blue flags garden among deep forests when I go ahead through Nanchi to the northwest, and the scenery that is beautiful in around June is seen from May. Furthermore, there was "a well of Kiyomasa" said to be it which Kiyomasa Kato dug when I advanced to the depths, and it was ceaseless blue, and one of the Edo name wells included the water which sprang out for a long time. Colored leaves are just beautiful at this time and are the valuable garden of seeing.
When I leave Gyoen and I advance more and turn right, I see Meiji Jingu in the front. Main hall or Kagura stand in a row in an approach to a shrine, the precincts of a little less than 1km to here, and the excellence is identified. I went to the north pond, the treasury in the depths of the precincts when I finished worship. I arrive on the way in the forest to here in 20-minute walk. This place becomes the open space of the wide lawn and is a comfortable place. Unfortunately because the treasury is under construction, it becomes the closing. In any case, it is the place that is full of nature as well as prayer, and Meiji Jingu is the splendid place that even families can enjoy.
I advanced to the Yoyogi Park direction when I left Meiji Jingu. As there is NHK broadcast center to around ten minutes, through Yoyogi sports stadium, I drop in at the studio park of the inside. The introduction of the character of the program broadcasting in NHK and the good old program is carried out here.
After having seen NHK, I came back to Harajuku Station and walked the famous Takeshita Street to a youth. On a street of around 300m in total length, there are a lot a junior high student and the high school student who seemed to come by a school excursion, and many students line up in the restaurant which is famous for TV coverage in both sides of the way. Probably because of weekdays, I was not able to look at the person of the outstanding fashion, but it is a lively street. When I appear in Meiji Dori per stab of the street and turn left, there is Togo-jinja Shrine. This is a Shinto shrine dedicated to Heihachiro Togou who played an active part in the Russo-Japanese War. I was separated from the noise of the Takeshita Street and felt relieved in a quiet appearance. I passed through this Shinto shrine and came back to Harajuku Station and did the walk with the end.
|Title||Walk of Meiji Jingu and the outskirts|
|Access||Meiji Jingu：It is three minutes from JR Harajuku Station. The walk in Jingu is around 1 hour 30 minutes|
|Fee||Meiji Jingu Gyoen：500 yen, NHK Studio Park：200 yen|