What is the best temple in Tokyo?

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Tokyo’s most famous Shinto shrine — and a must-see while in Japan’s capital city — is Meiji-jingu in Shibuya, and its stunningly beautiful outer gardens. Dedicated to late 19th-century Empress Shoken and Emperor Meiji who opened Japan to the West, Meiji-jingu is located in a 175-acre forest, making it hard to believe you’re just 150 yards from the frenetic shopping area of Harajuku. Stroll past the serene lily pond and more than 120,000 trees of 365 different species, contributed from all over Japan. The big draw: the shrine’s massive 40-foot-tall torii (gates) made from 1,700-year-old cypress trees from Mount Ari in Taiwan. Admission is free, though the shrine draws huge crowds during festivals.

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