Meiji Jingu (明治神宮), located in front of JR Yamanote Line Harajuku Station or Tokyo Metro Subway Meiji Jingu-mae Station, is one of the most prestigious shrines in the whole nation. Being the largest Shinto shrine in Tokyo, it is dedicated to Emperor Meiji (1852-1912) and his wife Empress Shoken (1849-1914). For details about this shrine, see the article on Meiji Jingu Shrine.
At this shrine, the Aki no Taisai (秋の大祭) is held from November 1st to 3rd.
Aki no Taisai at Meiji Shrine
Meiji Jingu holds a grand festival biannually - the Haru no Taisai in May and the Aki no Taisai in November - but the one held in fall is larger and more important, since it is an event celebrating the birthday of Emperor Meiji enshrined at this facility. Held mainly from November 1st through 3rd, most of the notable events are held on the last day, which is a national holiday known as Bunka no Hi (Culture Day).
The Tokyo-to Nogyo-sai (東京都農業祭) is also held in the precincts every year from November 2 to 3.
A rite is performed on each of the three days, but on Nov 3, which is the birthday of Emperor Meiji, an envoy from the Imperial Court attends the rite.
Bugaku, noh & kyogen, hogaku hobu, sankyoku and satsuma biwa are performed at the temporary stage set up in front of the shrine building. Officially you're not allowed to take photos of them according to the brochure distributed on-site, but in reality you can (except for noh & kyogen where a sign forbidding taking pictures will be displayed), though I'll refrain from showing them here.
Folk performing arts will be performed in front of the second torii gate, though what will be played differs every year. It's ok to take photos of them.
Chrysanthemum flowers will be on display along the main approach from the second torii gate. This exhibition will be a month long.
Ikebana flowers (Japanese traditional flower arragement) will be displayed at the corridor.
Sake liquors, traditional sweets and local specialities dedicated to the shrine from around the nation are also on display at the corridor.
Martial arts demonstration will be held in the northwestern part of the precincts on Nov 3.
Momote-shiki is a kind of traditional archery ritual. It is held at the northeastern part of the shrine grounds on Nov 3.
Perhaps the most famous event held during this festival is yabusame also held on November 3. I've visited this event once, but due to the crowdedness of visitors and the land form, I couldn't see it at all. If you want to see this event, you may have to go to the site beforehand.
The Tokyo-to Nogyo-sai, literally meaning the Tokyo Agriculture Festival, is also held on the northern grounds of the shrine every year from November 2 to 3.
Tents displaying and selling vegetables, flowers, etc. are set up.
A fortune boat composed of vegetables is on display.
Stage performances like folk performing arts and drums will be played.