Meiji Shrine is behind Harajuku station. If you head to the shrine from Shibuya Station, it takes about 15 minutes on foot. Alternately take the JR line from Shibuya station towards Shinjuku, and get off at Harajuku station. Harajuku is just one stop from Shibuya station and the train ride takes about 2 minutes.
Meiji Shirine is a Shinto shrine. Shinto is Japan's ancient original religion. The shrine is dedicated to emperor Meiji who passed away in 1912. Meiji Shrine is surrounded by a large park with many big trees. If you want to feel the energy of nature, you should visit this shrine. But keep in mind that the distance from the entrance to the shrine buildings is 1.2 km. On foot it takes about 10-15 minutes to get to the actual shrine from the first Torii gate.
The pillar of the Torii gate is 1.2 meters in diameter. The height of the Torii gate is 12 meters and it is about 17 meters wide. It's a really big structure and in fact this Torii gate is the biggest wooden Torii gate in Japan.
After walking for a few minutes from the first Torii gate, you will come to a display of many sake barrels. Every year some businesses in Japan gift these barrels to Meiji shrine. Sake is used for purification and is often drank during important ceremonies.
This is the middle Torii gate. Meiji shirine has three Torii gates in total. In the olden days, people believed that the path through the very center of the Torii gate was reserved for use by Gods. We humans had to pass through the gate closer to the two side pillars. These days most people don't know this and everyone walks through the gates wherever they like.
At the washing area we can rinse our mouth and hands in order to purify ourselves in preparation to meet the Shinto Gods. But don't drink the water!
These two camphor trees are called "couple trees". It's a nice place for couples to take a photo as a souvenir of their trip to Meiji Shrine.
Ema are pentagon-shaped wooden plagues which are offered to temples or shrines as a token of gratitude, or when making a wish for the future. You can buy these at the shrine, write your wishes on them, and hang them in the designated areas near the shrine. I hope all your wishes come true!