It was a nice afternoon for a walk so I decided to head over to Meiji Jingu for what is turning out to be an annual pilgrimage to Tokyo’s largest and most beautiful Shinto shrines.
The shrine is a must-visit — especially if you want to get away from the madness of the crowds. It’s so quiet and serene in the shrine, even if there literally hundreds of visitors there at any given time.
While there, you can offer an ema prayer tablet (you can write your prayers or requests on it), or purchase o-mamori protection amulets (some are for traffic safety, others are for successful school exams or job interviews).
If you’re lucky, you might even witness a Japanese wedding or funeral. The shrine’s priests and priestesses (miko) wearing their finery head a solemn parade with the wedding or funeral party from one part of the shrine to another. It’s a memorable sight that one only finds in Japan.