Jeffrey Bergier

Jeffrey Bergier

明治神宮お正月

New Years at Meiji Jingū

One of the most popular New Years destinations in Tōkyō is 明治神宮 (Meiji Jingū Shrine). In 3 days around New Years the shrine gets 3 million visitors. I was a bit worried that it was going to be absolutely crazy, like fireworks were during the summer. But it was amazingly orderly and well organized. I arrived at around 11pm. I was in the main crowd when the drums for New Years played. I got to the actual shrine and threw my coin in around 12:45. After that were the typical Japanese festival foods. Also on New Years the trains ran all night so there was no fear of being left stranded. It was definitely a great way to ring in the new year.