The front entrance of Kaguraden
(Photo: Kaguraden, front entrance)

Kaguraden (Hall of Shinto Music and Dance)
The construction of Kaguraden was started in 1990 to commemorate the 70th anniversary of the establishment of Meiji Jingu. Supported by many donations, it was completed in October 1993. It follows a traditional architectural style, Irimoya-Nagarezukuri. It is a three-storey building, but only one floor is above the ground; the other two floors are below ground level. The front entrance with the reception and registration area is slightly below ground level. One flight of stairs leads down, and another flight of stairs leads up to the waiting area and the hall for ceremonies. This ground floor hall of 160 Tatami can seat 800. Upon request, prayer ceremonies are given here, offering Kagura (sacred music and dance) to the deities. Such a ceremony is called Kigansai.
Details about Kigansai can be found in the section "Your shrine visit": Kigansai
Please do not enter Kaguraden unless to register for or take part in a ceremony.