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Yasukuni Shrine

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Yotsuya / Iidabashi
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Address: 3-1-1 Kudan-kita, Chiyoda 102-8246, Tokyo Prefecture
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Phone Number: +81 3-3261-8326
06:00 - 18:00
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Sun - Sat 06:00 - 18:00

A large, torii gate stands at the entrance to this shrine built in memory...

A large, torii gate stands at the entrance to this shrine built in memory of those who lost their lives defending Japan. Many officials still come and offer prayer annually on August 15, the anniversary of Japan's defeat in World War II.

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Every year on the news due controversials

Nice for a stroll, see history, enjoy the beautiful tree and shrine in an easy to access area surrounded by good restaurants.

4 of 5 bubblesReviewed 2 weeks ago
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Singapore, Singapore
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2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Just an old building... complete waste of time.. only thing is if you walk to this place... you get some steps... good for health

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Las Vegas, Nevada
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

I went here solely to see the war museum but of course I checked the shrine too (which was nice too). The museum is laid on 2 floors full full of history, artifacts ( some planes, small arms etc, swords) and unique pictures all about the mighty imperial japan force and before. I have seen senior Japanese with tears in... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Had a wonderful evening at the festival . Although it was very crowded ,one could feel the excitement of the taiko drums and bon dancing … a must go if you're in the area during August. Check out the dates to be sure.

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Nice for a stroll, see history, enjoy the beautiful tree and shrine in an easy to access area surrounded by good restaurants.

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Beaver Creek, Colorado
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

This shrine is in Akasaka next to the Hilton Hotel. It is a fully functional shrine and not just a tourist stop. It is a basic structure, quite common in Japan but agood example if you are curious. It is close to the subway lines and not too far from the Ginza.

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Niagara Falls, Canada
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Yaskuni is often the subject of deep political and sociological controversy as 16 Class-A War Criminals including Hideki Tojo are enshrined at Yaskuni. Because of this, I made it a point to visit to see what all the fuss was about. As somebody who lived in Japan for 4 years and visits every year or so, it just looks like... More 

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Adelaide South Australia
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

We came here to visit the museum which is in the same well laid out and maintained gardens as the shrine. Relics relating to wars dating back to the nineteenth century are housed here. In the “English “ section, photography is banned. Many exhibits do not display an English translation. Those which did, have a very different interpenetration of the... More 

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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Our hotel (Hotel Niwa) is within walking distance of Yauskuni Shrine and we therefore decided to visit. I find the most controversial part of the temple to be the information board right at its entrance. It essentially states that all those who ever fought and died for the Japanese nation are elevated to the status of deities in this shrine.... More 

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Vienna, Austria
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

The shrine itself is a great place to visit with majestic torii gates and the etalon Sakura tree which tells when the cherry blossom season gets started. The shrine got a controversial reputation after WWII and their current political agenda doesn’t help either. My advice: if you want to see a historical shrine and garden go and visit it. If... More 

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Honolulu, Hawaii
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 weeks ago

This place gets a bad name from those complaining about the war criminals in it. However, rest assured it is also the final resting place of many more that were true patriots and deserve to have their memory honored like any other nation's patriots. It is a nice oasis of green in the middle of Tokyo so it makes a... More 

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