Although the Meiji emperor was on the throne from 1867-1912, he is a key historical figure for Japan as he encouraged the opening up of the country to external ideas and its rapid modernisation. The shrine was built to honour the emperor and his wife, built in a garden which they loved. Although destroyed in World War II it was quickly restored and is a popular and busy destination for tourists and Japanese people. It's situated in a woodland area in the centre of Tokyo. Changes have been made to the shrine itself to make it wheelchair accessible, which we appreciated greatly.