NiinamesaiMeiji Jingu (明治神宮), located adjacent to JR Yamanote Line Harajuku Station in Tokyo proper, is the one of the largest and notable Shinto shrine in Japan. For details about this shrine, see the article on Meiji Shrine.On Novermber 23, which is a national holiday called Labor Thanksgiving Day, Meiji Jingu holds a ceremony called the Niinamesai (新嘗祭, also called Niiname-no-matsuri or Shinjosai), which is an event to celebrate the harvest of produce and wish for a good harvest for the next year. (The name of the holiday itself was Niinamesai pror to WWII but was renamed after the war.)

Niinamesai at Meiji Shrine

At the Niinamesai, which is a ceremony to thank gods for the harvest held on November 23 at Meiji Jingu, about ten treasure ships composed of vegetables are displayed.


Chrythanthemum flowers are displayed along the main approach since the Autumn Grand Festival held at the beginning of the month.

Treasure ships

Around ten treasure ships consisted of vegetables are exhibited around the shrine building.

Harvested crops

Other than produce devoted to the shrine, local specialties from around the nation are slso on display.

Ritual itself is held from 10 am.

Meiji Jingu Shrine
1-1 Yoyogikamizono-cho, Shibuya-ku, Tokyo
Nearest station from 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