Lovely spring colors. (Photo: Victoria Vlisides)

Iris Garden at Meiji Shrine, Tokyo

Hidden flower garden at popular Tokyo shrine

Victoria Vlisides   - 1 min read

Walk amongst a grove of 1,500 irises at Meiji Shrine in springtime.

The historic land dates back to the early 1600s during the Edo Period (1603-1867) when it was owned by a wealthy political figure. Later, in the late 1800s, the land became Imperial Property, and Emperor Meiji commissioned the iris garden for Empress Shoken.

During the rainy season in June, the beautiful garden is open to visitors of Meiji Shrine. Located in Shibuya, Tokyo, and in close proximity to the fashion district of Harajuku and Yoyogi Park, the shrine is a popular tourist destination. The 700,000 square-meter shinto shrine area is free to the public, but there is an extra charge of ¥500 to get into the garden area.

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Victoria Vlisides

Victoria Vlisides @victoria.vlisides

Trained journalist who's not yet jaded. Can't get enough of meeting new people, the view, cheap travel, cherry-blossom-flavored food, dinner&drinks. Painfully addicted to Japan's gochya-gochya machines. If you're the type of person to try something new vs. something you know you like, we'll get a...