1. Meiji Shrine
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There’s a lot to explore besides the bright lights and skyscrapers of downtown Tokyo, and the Meiji Shrine is the perfect example to back up that claim.
It started being built in 1915 in honor of Emperor Meiji, who had died three years earlier. The construction took several years to be completed, and the original building was to be completely destroyed during the Tokyo air raids of World War II.
The new shrine was rebuilt shortly after and it is impressive how such a peaceful and scenic place exists right in the middle of Tokyo. This is due to the fact that it is surrounded by the 70 hectares of Meiji Jingu’s forest with over 100,000 trees. The Meiji Shrine is a mandatory stopover for those visiting Tokyo.