Just a short walk from the Harajuku train station in Tokyo is Meigji Jingu, a famous Shinto shrine dedicated to Emperor Meiji and his wife, Empress Shōken. Originally built after the emperor’s death in 1912, it was destroyed during the second world war and rebuilt in 1958.
As you enter Yoyogi Park, famous for it’s Sunday ‘cosplay‘ (click the look to read more. You can’t make this stuff up.) the crowds slowly start to slip away. By the time you cross under the first “Torii” (arch) you’ll already find there are less and less people. You may even find the first bit of personal space since you got off the train. Quite a luxury in Tokyo! As you walk through the forest, the crowds really thin out and by the time you get to the shrine, you’ll probably have forgotten you’re in one of the largest cities in the world.
The beauty of this place makes it quite popular for weddings. We were lucky and manage to get a few pictures of a wedding party procession. What a memorable location!