The Meiji Shrine in Tokyo, Japan was first completed in 1920 and dedicated to the Emperor Meiji and the Empress Shoken eight years after the passing of the emperor and six years after the passing of the empress. The shrine was destroyed during the Second World War but was rebuilt shortly thereafter.
The main complex of shrine buildings is located a ten minute walk from both the southern entrance near Harajuku Station and the northern entrance near Yoyogi Station. Entry into the shrine grounds is marked by a massive torii gate, after which the sights and sounds of the busy city are replaced by a tranquil forest.
Approximately 100,000 trees make up Meiji Jingu`s forest and were planted during the shrine`s construction, donated from regions across the entire country. At the northern end of the shrine grounds is the Meiji Jingu Treasure House which was constructed one year after the shrine was opened. The Treasure House displays many interesting personal belongings of the Emperor and Empress including the carriage which the emperor rode to the formal declaration of the Meiji Constitution in 1889. There is also a Museum Annex Building just to the east of the main shrine buildings that displays temporary exhibitions.
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