Meiji Jingu is a Shinto shrine which is located at one of the busiest and most popular areas in Tokyo called Harajuku and Omotesando.
Tokyo was used to be called Edo, which was ruled by Tokugawa Shogunate. Tokugawa Ieyasu, the first head of the military government, moved to this city in 1590 and ruled over Japan for about 260 years after winning the decisive battle at Sekigahara in 1600.
The political revolution in 1868, called Meiji Restoration, finally terminated the Tokugawa military government and returned control of the country to imperial rule under Emperor Meiji. The revolution brought Japan substantial political, social, educational, and economic changes, and Emperor Meiji was at the center of the movement.
So after Emperor and his consort, Empress Shoken demised, people in Japan strongly desired to commemorate their souls and their virtues in Tokyo. (Their graves were built in Kyoto since they were born and raised there.) With the great help of the youth volunteers around Japan, this shrine was finally established in 1920. The deep forest surrounding this shrine was also planted one by one by them. And the wood has been growing naturally since then. Since 2020 is the 100th anniversary, some projects have been carried out, including the newly opened Museum, which stores precious items related to the imperial families such as a desk, a beautifully decorated carriage that the Emperor used, and the couple's portraits.
You'll enjoy the fresh air in a spacious precinct in the city center.