Kiyomasa's Well - Receive a cosmic blessing at Tokyo's famous "Power Spot"
What is a Japanese “Power Spot”?
When you are planning a visit to Japan, you will likely see certain areas described as “Power Spots”. A Power Spot is a sacred place in Japan where it is believed that the gods, or kami, have come down to earth and focused their energies. These spots are usually beautiful natural features where one can feel attuned with the powers and energies of nature.
Power Spots can be found all over Japan, and most have myths and legends attached to them. These spots are often used for meditating, or just for receiving a blessing from nature. Some such power spots have legends about how one can best harness the spot’s powers and receive its natural energies.
Sound a bit “New Age”? Japan is a deeply spiritual country, and these Power Spots are popular attractions for those looking for spiritual energy, curious tourists, or just those who are interested in taking a good picture of a beautiful or unique place in nature.
One of the most accessible and popular Power Spots can be found right in the heart of Tokyo!
Kiyomasa’s Well is a natural spring of cool, clear water which flows out of the ground at Meiji-jingu (Meiji Imperial Shrine) in downtown Tokyo.
The well is said to have been constructed by famous Samurai warlord Kato Kiyomasa (1562 – 1611), who lived during the Edo Period.
When visiting the Meiji Shrine, you’ll almost always see crowds of people queuing up in front of the well for a chance to receive some blessings from the famous Power Spot.
Visiting Kiyomasa’s Well
While the Meiji Shrine is free to visit, visiting the Inner Gardens where Kiyomasa’s Well is located requires an admission ticket. Tickets cost 500 Yen (about $5), and are worth the cost just to see the beautiful gardens alone.
You can visit the Inner Gardens from 9:00 - 16:30, but I recommend visiting earlier (or visiting on a weekday) to avoid crowds.
The Well is located near the exit of the gardens, and will be one of the last places that you stop before heading into the main shrine itself. You can’t miss it! Dozens of people will be queuing up for a chance to see the well. Fortunately, this being Japan, the queue is quick and orderly. There is even a guard directing people into the queue and making sure that it moves quickly and efficiently.
How to receive power from Kiyomasa’s Well
When you approach the well, just dip your hand into the clear water to receive a blessing.
Kiyomasa’s Well is a very 21st century Power Spot, though. Legends have sprung up around the well since at least 2010 about a new, modern way to receive the spot’s cosmic power. Japanese celebrities have begun saying that in order to receive the most blessings, you have to take a photo of the clear water in the well and set it as your phone’s lock screen and background. This way, every time you look at your phone, you will receive a bit of luck and spiritual energy.
Does it work?
Try for yourself! Here’s a picture of the well:
Kiyomasa’s Well can be found at the Meiji Imperial Shrine in Shibuya, downtown Tokyo.
The best way to reach the shrine and the well is by taking the JR or Tokyo Metro to Shibuya Station. From there, it’s just a short (and clearly-marked) walk to the Meiji Shrine, where you’ll find this magical power spot.