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Updated: March 19, 2019
Surrounded by deep forests and rich nature, Meiji-jingu Shrine is a green oasis in the center of Tokyo. It is dedicated to the deified spirits of Emperor Meiji and Empress Shoken. During the shrine's annual spring grand festival from April 27 through May 3, various traditional performances take place in their honor. You can watch Japan's most skilled artists perform traditional arts such as bugaku (a type of dance for the ancient imperial court), noh and kyogen theater, sankyoku chamber music, hogaku music, hobu dance, satsuma-biwa (Japanese lute), and more.
You may also enjoy a stroll in the shrine's forest-like gardens, where you can see spring and early summer blooms like azaleas, yamabuki, and nanja-monja (also known as hitotsubatago).
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