Meiji Kinenkan is a building with a rich history that reflects Japan's culture and modernization.
Meiji Kinenkan's main building was constructed in the 14th year of the Meiji Period (1881), after the Imperial Palace at the ruins of the Edo Castle was lost to a fire. It served as the dining hall for the Akasaka Temporary Palace, for exclusive use by the Emperor.
We can offer you an inside look at the beautiful building and garden.
The history of Meiji Kinenkan cannot be told without reference to Meiji Jingu Shrine.
Meiji Jingu Shrine was founded in Taisho 9 (1902) to celebrate the lives of Emperor Meiji and Empress Dowager Shoken.
Although the forest of Meiji Jingu Shrine is essentially located in the center of Tokyo, the air is fresh and clean, transforming the site into an urban oasis.
This forest of evergreen comprises two-thirds of the grounds, providing you with a relaxing, refreshing experience and the opportunity to see nature cycle through the four seasons.
As you approach the shrine, you will hear the pleasant sound of the pebbles gently crunching beneath your feet, and if your timing is right, you may be able to witness a beautiful Japanese traditional wedding ceremony on the grounds.
In contrast to the solemn, reverent nature of the Meiji Jingu Shrine Inner Precinct, or Naien, where Emperor Meiji and Empress Shoken are enshrined, the Meiji Jingu Shrine Outer Precinct, or Gaien, is dedicated to welcoming people to the shrine with sports and cultural offerings. It also encompasses Meiji Memorial Hall, a versatile event venue well-suited for hosting weddings, as well as events such as international conferences, banquets and various celebrations.
Also in the Outer Precinct is the Meiji Memorial Picture Gallery, which houses 80 great murals depicting the lives of the Emperor Meiji and Empress Shoken, painted by the leading Japanese and Western artists of the time.
You can also enjoy watching baseball, or if you prefer to be active, try your hand at ice skating, or hone your skills at the batting cage or golf practice range.