Meiji Jingu (明治神宮), located in front of Harajuku Station of the JR Yamanote Line or Meijijingu-mae Station of the Tokyo Metro Chiyoda Line and Fukutoshin Line, is the largest Shinto shrine in Tokyo. This shrine was established as a national memorial dedicated to the Emperor Meiji and Empress Shoken. For details about this shrine, see the article on Meiji Jingu.
On National Foundation Day, a national holiday celebrated on February 11, a large procession is dedicated to this shrine. This holiday is based on Japanese mythology which says that on this day of 660 BCE, the first emperor Jinmu, the grandson of Sun goddess Amaterasu and ancestor of present emperor, ascended to the throne.
Kigen-sai at Meiji Jingu
The ritual of the Kigen-sai itself is a modest one but their will take place a large parade consisting of marching bands and mikoshi (portable shrines) on this day.
Marching bands march from Gaien, or the Outer Precincts, of Meiji Jingu [MAP] to the shrine via Omotesando.
Mikoshi procession follow the marching bands from around Omotesando Station [MAP] served by the Tokyo Metro Chiyoda Line, Ginza Line and Hanzomon Line.
1-1 Yoyogikamizono-cho, Shibuya-ku, Tokyo MAP
Nearest station for south entrance: JR Yamanote Line Harajuku Station, Tokyo Metro Chiyoda Line or Fukutoshin Line Meiji-Jingu-mae Station
Area guide around this siteArticle on Meiji Jingu Shrine