Peter Wik

Peter Wik has been traveling the world since childhood. He has visited over 60 countries and some of them up to a hundred times. Peter is the owner of Relasian Travel & Event based in Stockholm, Sweden but constantly on the road. Peter is a foodie and loves to try new food around the world. Here he shares his favorite gems from places high and low around the world to make you go local yet being global. Peter lives in Stockholm and Paris.

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Meiji Jingu - Meiji Shrine in Tokyo

When you think about Tokyo your first thing that comes to you mind might not be green parks right down town.
The Meiji Jingu or Meiji Shrine is situated at Meiji Garden and is a shrine dedicated to the Emperor Meiji and his wife Shoken. They passed away 1912 and 1914 and the people of Japan decided they needed a place of enshrinement for them. The emperor that opened up Japan to the rest of the world. People donated over 100.000 trees that is now this green lung of Tokyo. The shrine itself is in the middle of the "forrest" and it here it is so calm with bird singing and it is hard to believe that you are in a metropolis area.
If you can go here on a lucky day according to the Japanese calendar or at a national holiday you will see a lot of weddings and religious ceremonies as on this picture.
In June the blooming Iris garden is not to be missed!
The Meiji Jingu is open every day from sunrise to sunset and the best way to get there is to get of at Harajuku station on Yamanote Line with JR.