Peace and Tranquility at The Meiji-Jingu Shrine and Prancing Across Shibuya Crossing, Tokyo, Japan
We took in a number of sights in this wonderful city of Tokyo, Japan. Our first day of sightseeing led us to new attractions such as the peaceful Meiji – Jingu Shrine and calling on the world’s busiest scramble crossing at Shibuya Crossing. It was a day of contrasts from peace to activity that couldn’t have been any more compelling.
This post is one chapter on our second Round the World trip via Japan, the United Arab Emirates, Oman, and Poland. This trip was redeemed through Air Canada’s Aeroplan and through Starwood Preferred Guest (Marriott Bonvoy) loyalty programs. For more information on how this trip was booked, please see our trip introduction here. For other parts of the trip, please see this index.
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- Trip Introduction: The Khors of Oman, Cherry Blossoms in Japan, & Pirogies in Poland. Round the World #2 via Star Alliance Business Class on ANA, Thai, Etihad, Turkish & Lufthansa.
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- United Club Lounge Sea-Tac, Seattle, Washington, USA
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- ANA Staggered Business Class: Seattle – Tokyo Narita
- ANA Arrivals Lounge – Tokyo Narita
- The Westin Tokyo
- Meiji Jingu Shine & Shibuya Crossing, Tokyo, Japan
- The Imperial Palace and Akihabara, Tokyo, Japan
- Tsukiji Fish Market and Ginza Shopping, Tokyo, Japan
- Cherry Blossoms and a Night out in Shinjuku, Tokyo, Japan
- ANA Lounge, Narita Terminal One, Tokyo, Japan
- Asiana Airlines Business Class, Tokyo Narita – Seoul Incheon
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- Asiana Business Lounge, Terminal One Concourse, Seoul Incheon
- Thai Airways Business Class: Seoul Incheon – Bangkok Survharnabhumi
- Thai Airways Royal Orchid Spa, Bangkok Survharnabhumi
- Thai Airways Royal Silk Lounge, Bangkok Survharnabhumi
- Thai Airways Business Class: Bangkok Survharnabhumi – Dubai
- The Grosvenor House Apartments, Dubai, United Arab Emirates
- Afternoon Tea at the Burj Al Arab, Dubai, United Arab Emirates
- At the Top, Visiting the Worlds’ Tallest Observation Deck, Burj Khalifa, Dubai, United Arab Emirates
- Trading at Old Markets of Dubai, Deira, Dubai, United Arab Emirates
- Etihad Pearl Business Lounge, Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates
- Etihad Pearl Business, Abu Dhabi – Muscat
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- Spotting Underwater Turtles in Bandar Jissah, Yiti, Oman
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- Etihad Airways Pearl Business Class, Muscat – Abu Dhabi
- The Four Points by Sheraton, Sheikh Zayed Road, Dubai, United Arab Emirates
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- Dubai International Business Lounge, Dubai, United Arab Emirates
- Turkish Airlines Business Class, Dubai – Istanbul
- Turkish Airlines Business Lounge, Istanbul Atatürk Airport, Istanbul, Turkey
- Swiss Airlines Business Class, Istanbul – Zurich
- Swiss Airlines Senator Lounge “A”, Zurich, Switzerland
- Swiss Airlines Business Class, Zurich – Warsaw
- The Hotel Bristol, Warsaw, Poland
- Strolling Old Town Warsaw, Poland
- Visiting the Remains of the Warsaw Ghetto Uprising and Parks of Warsaw, Poland
- LOT Business Lounge, Warsaw, Poland
- Lufthansa Business Class, Warsaw – Munich
- Lufthansa Business Class, Munich – Vancouver
City Visit: Peace and Tranquility at Meiji Jingu Shrine and Prancing Across Shibuya Crossing, Tokyo, Japan
This post reflects our visit to the Meiji Jingu Shrine and Shibuya Crossing. We also visited the Imperial Palace and the streets of Akihabara, the Tsujiki Fish Market and Shopping in Ginza, and spotted Cherry blossoms in Shinjuku-Gyoen (Shinjuku Park).
We had 4 days in Tokyo on this visit. It was my fourth visit to the city over a twenty-year period and MrsWT73 first visit. Everytime I’ve visited, there has always been something new to discover. Tokyo is a truly wonderful world class city to visit, and I always look forward to any return visits.
Getting to Meiji Jingu Shinto Shrine:
From the Westin Tokyo, we ended up taking the train to Harajuku station. We walked the rest of the way to the park.
Meiju – Jingu Shinto Shrine:
We started off sightseeing at the Meiji-Jingu shrine, which is a lovely park in the middle of Tokyo.
Meiji Shrine is located in a forest area that covers an area of 70 hectares (170 acres). The park area is covered by an evergreen forest that consists of 120,000 trees consisting of 365 different species. The trees were all donated by people from all parts of Japan. The entrances open at sunrise and close at sunset.
Once of the nicest features of the Meiji Jingu Park are the excellent torii gates that mark the park. The Torii gates are traditional gates that usually mark the entries to Shinto shrines, where it symbolically marks the transition from the mundane to the sacred. The Torii amongst the green trees make for a restful place within Tokyo.
After passing through the Tori Gates, we arrived to the main Shrine Gates. There’s certainly elegant history in these structures leading to peace and serenity.
We took a light examination of the prayers left by visitors. The prayers are a wonderful feature of Japanese Temples.
We were able to catch the start of a religious ceremony here with the entrances punctuated by beautiful toji shrines.
I enjoyed our peaceful visit to the Meiji Jingu Shrine. It’s unusual to have such a wonderful park in the middle of an urban metropolis of Tokyo.
Walking to Shibuya Crossing:
We left the Meiji Jingu Shrine and walked to Shibuya Crossing. We took a bit of a round about route, to take in the Omote – Santo shopping area.
It was a pleasant walk down Omote – Sando- the new Champs Elysees of Tokyo (less the exotic cafes), eventually wandering our way towards Shibuya.
We picked up on a little of the local transportation lifestyle on our walk. It’s something you only see in Asia. We also picked up on the ever presence of Japan’s vending machines, which are among the highest machine per person per capita in the world. With over five million vending machines, there are one for every twenty three people.
We eventually made it to Shibuya Crossing. The Shibuya Crossing is a scramble crossing that is likely one of the busiest intersections in the world with up to three thousand crossing at every cycle. The advertising and location of it has led to comparisons with Times Square of New York or Piccadilly Circus of London. It has been features in many interntaional movies, including the ever popular Lost in Translation, The Fast and Furious Tokyo Drift, and many international and domestic newscasts.
I climbed up to the second floor Starbucks to take some scramble photography. The Starbucks is among the busiest in the world. It has great people watching of the scramble crossing from its windows.
After we fully took in the Shibuya Crossing, it was time for some local shopping in the district as we wandered our way down to Shinjuku
We arrived prior to most of the Shibuya shops opening, then MrsWT73 located her first UNI QLO which promptly cost the day an hour. UNI QLO hadn’t opened in the Americas at the time of our visit so this warranted a proper and through examination by MrsWT73. Then it was onto shoe stores for a bit prior to heading up to Shinjuku, ICI sports (my favorite ski equipment store in Japan).
The Meiji Jingu Shrine and Shibuya Summarized:
These two locations are probably among my favourites places to visit in Tokyo. The Meiji Shines represents a peaceful relaxing place well away from the bustle of greater Tokyo. The Shibuya Crossing couldn’t be more of a contrast, as one of the worlds most unique urban spaces that is unparalleled in the world. Watching three thousand people cross a scramble intersection only a few miles away from a peaceful park makes for a day of interesting contrasts.