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Japan's most popular spot

The first shrine visit of the year is a customary element of New Year celebrations in Japan.
Meiji-jingu Shrine attracts more New Year visitors than any other shrine in the country.   

Meiji-jingu Shrine was founded in 1920, its stately edifice surrounded by a lush forest created artificially at this time with trees donated from across Japan. Today 170,000 trees of 245 species grow indistinguishably from those in a natural forest, making for a serene place of relaxation in the bustle of the city.
Usually the shrine grounds are enveloped in silence, but each New Year they overflow with a wave of people expressing gratitude for the blessings of the past year and wishing for good luck in the year ahead. This first shrine visit of the year, called hatsumode, customarily takes place between midnight on New Year’s Day and January 3. Meiji-jingu Shrine attracts the largest number of New Year visitors in Japan, counting more than 3 million during this three-day period.

Address

1-1 Yoyogikamizonocho, Shibuya-ku, Tokyo

Access

JR Harajuku Station / Yoyogi Station; Odakyu Line Sangubashi Station; Tokyo Metro Meiji-jingumae ‘Harajuku’ Station / Kita-sando Station; Toei Subway Yoyogi Station

Hours

Sunrise–sunset (varies by month)* Visitors accepted all night on December 31

Inquiries

03-3379-5511

Japan’s most visited zoo filled with number ones

Ueno Zoo, famous for the giant panda, boasts the largest number of visitors of any zoo in Japan and attracts a lively crowd everyday. It has other number ones as well. Founded in 1882, Ueno Zoo is Japan’s first-ever zoo. And the monorail connecting its West Area and East Area is Japan’s first-ever monorail.

Ueno Zoological Gardens

Address

9-83 Ueno-koen, Taito-ku, Tokyo

Access

5-min. walk from JR Ueno Station Park Exit; 10-min. walk from Keisei Line Keisei Ueno Station Main Exit

Inquiries

03-3828-5171

URL

http://www.tokyo-zoo.net/english/index.html( External link )

 

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