Culture Japan Tokyo

Meiji Shrine Wedding

One of my favourite places to take first-time visitors in Tokyo is Meiji Jingu Shrine (明治神宮). Situated in a lush 175-acre forest on the doorstep of fashionable Harajuku it’s far less crowded than Senso-ji in Asakusa and provides the perfect escape from the city.

If you visit mid-morning you’re more than likely to witness the solemn procession of a Shinto wedding through the grounds. Each procession is led by two priests and two shrine maidens, followed by the couple under a red umbrella, and finally family and friends.

I think it can be assumed that this is not a wedding location for the budget constrained.

A morning visit to Meiji Shrine is well complimented by a stroll down the main thoroughfare to Omotesando and then spending the afternoon in the stunning Nezu Museum and gardens. A good spot for lunch along the way is Maisen Tonkatsu (まい泉 青山本店) which is located in a former World War II public bathhouse just behind Omotesando Hills.


Originally from the UK, David is designer and wanderer currently based in Kamakura. Prior to this, he lived in China and longs to explore more of this vast and varied land. He started Randomwire in 2003 to chronicle his travels and occasional musings. Feel free to drop him a line.

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