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added on : September 2, 2019

2020 marks the 100th anniversary of the enshrinement of the spirits of Emperor Meiji and Empress Shoken at Meiji Jingu. The shrine, situated next to Yoyogi Park, is surrounded by trees. The woodland was put in place around 100 years ago, creating an inner-city oasis. On October 26, 2019, this long-awaited exhibition space will open. Architect Kengo Kuma, the man behind the New National Stadium in Tokyo, was responsible for the museum's design.

Perfectly integrated with the surrounding woodland

Meiji Jingu is surrounded by beautiful, dense woodland. The Meiji Jingu Museum was specially designed to integrate flawlessly with this wonderful natural scenery. Kengo Kuma is known for his innovative work with natural materials such as wood, as well as his ability to create contemporary designs that embrace traditional Japanese aesthetics. His goal was to work in harmony with the forest. As such, the museum seems to blend into the very trees themselves.

Photography by Kawasumi・Kobayashi Kenji Photograph Office.

A treasure trove of history

The Meiji Jingu Museum will display important cultural properties moved from the Meiji Jingu Homotsuden Treasure Museum (currently closed). One example is the carriage used by Emperor Meiji 130 years ago on the day he signed the Japanese constitution. These unmissable exhibits illuminate key scenes from history. The first floor introduces Meiji Jingu and the Shinto religion in an easy-to-understand manner. It is also where you will find the museum shop. The second floor has sections for permanent and special exhibitions. Visit Tokyo's newest museum to find a wonderful fusion of history and modernity.

© Image by Kengo Kuma and Associates

Meiji Jingu Museum

Address 1-1 Yoyogi-kamizonocho, Shibuya City, Tokyo
Hours 10:00-16:30
Access Harajuku Station | Omotesando Exit | 5 min on foot
Yamanote Line

Meiji-jingumae Station | Exit 2 | 5 min on foot
Chiyoda Line | Fukutoshin Line
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URL Meiji Jingu Museum

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