Meiji shrine garden, the hidden flowers spot you shouldn’t miss in June in Japan!

Meiji shrine garden, the hidden flowers spot you shouldn’t miss in June in Japan!

Irises in Meiji shrine garden

I’m Nobu, I like traveling overseas and in Japan, visited 25 countries. I’ve got the license of the certificate English guide in Japan for 8 years.

I show you hidden Japan which you have never seen and heard of!

Meiji Jingu Gyoen( garden)

Observatory and irises in Meiji shrine garden

I went to the Meiji Jingu Gyoen.

This is the garden in Meiji shrine.

But most of the tourists pass through here because there are lots to see in Meiji shrine for free.

Because this garden costs 500 yen( 5 dollars) to enter.

Most of the time I don’t take foreign tourists this garden.

Flowers in June

Water lilies in Meiji shrine garden
Irises in Meiji shrine garden

But on June , it’s time to see beautiful water lilies and irises .

There are 2100 irises and many water lilies

at the minami-ike( south pond) in this garden.

It’s one of the typical Japanese landscape you shouldn’t miss.

This was originally the garden of a daimyo’s ( feudal lord) residence.

Present from the emperor to the empress

In 1920, Meiji shrine was founded in memory of Emperor Meiji and Empress Shoken covering this garden.

And after Meiji shrine was built, Emperor Meiji planted irises and water lilies for his wife Empress Shoken.

She likes irises and water lilies so much.

Empress Shoken often visited and enjoyed them.

There are two entrances.

North Gate

One is the East Gate, near Harajuku Station, and another is the North Gate, just past the second Otorii gate.

Yountei( tea room)

Tea house and azaleas
Azaleas and butterflies

Of you enter from the north gate, which is often used, you will find the Yountei, a tea ceremony room.

It is used for tea ceremony events still today.

Minamiike pond( south pond)

South pond

A little further down is the Minamiike Pond( south pond).

On this day, water lilies were blooming beautifully.

Azumaya observatory

Azumaya observatory

Walking ahead, there is a straw-thatched pavilion observatory.

At around which many irises are planted, and they bloom beautifully in June.

There are various types of irises, including white, light purple, and dark purple.

These can be enjoyed throughout the month of June.

Kiyomasa well( lucky mysterious power well)

Kiyomasa well
Kiyomasa well

At the far end of the garden , there is a well called the Kiyomasa well.

Which is always flowing with pure water despite its location in the middle of Tokyo.

Japanese women are always lining up to get a picture of this well.

It’s because there is a myth that if you take a picture of this well as a wall picture for your smartphone, it will bring you good luck.

Why don’t you come to Meiji Jingu Gyoen to see the beautiful flowers and the mysterious well?

Something good will happen to you!

I’m Nobu, one heart enjoy together!!!

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