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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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+81 3-3261-8326
06:00 - 18:00
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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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A very Interesting Shrine

This shrine is a 10 minute walk from the Train Station. There is a lot of history there and many Statutes. They have a brochure in English so you can understand about what... read more

Reviewed 3 weeks ago
Jan S
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Lexington, Virginia
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5 reviews
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Reviewed 1 week ago

This is the heart and soul of history in Tokyo. Much more historically significant than the beautiful Meiji Shrine. You can see the gravity of the place in people's faces. The Shrine's museum is awe-inspiring and will take several hours to properly appreciate. This has to be on the bucket list of anyone at all interested in history or in... More 

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Reviewed 1 week ago

Known mostly outside Japan for the 14 war criminals commemorated there - but there are about 2,465,986 other souls commemorated there which their descendants come to honour. We went for them. It is an impressive shrine with lovely buildings and beautiful trees. There is a small pavilion where old folk were being entertained with dancing and song. The entrance Tori... More 

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Singapore, Singapore
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 30 helpful votes
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

It's a shrine & a museum. The museum explains the Japanese historical account before WW1 to the end of WW2. Historical account in the view of Japanese's war were rhetorically presented, translated English text were somewhat carefully selected. War crimes committed were effectively not mentioned at any. Appeals of peace were brought in at the trailing end in the Museum,... More 

Thank eugenelim070
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 82 helpful votes
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

The shrine is nice and the walk up to the shrine very impressive. I really enjoy the War museum that's attached to the shrine. It definitely puts another perspective on WWII.

Thank Kasia Z
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

This shrine is a 10 minute walk from the Train Station. There is a lot of history there and many Statutes. They have a brochure in English so you can understand about what happened here. Worth a look.

Thank Jan S
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

It is shrine with honor to Japanese war dead martyrs. At evening there was some festival where locals came together and danced even pedestrians who were walking by.

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Honolulu, Hawaii
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

We decided to visit this shrine because of its controversial history. It is a huge shrine with more security on site than most. Beautiful gardens and a history museum which we were too late to visit. A beautiful statue of a war widow and her children reminds us that no one truly wins a war.

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Singapore, Singapore
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Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Coming to this shrine without understanding the controversy will make this shrine look just like another Japanese shrine, although with more security on site. There is a museum on the right of the compound and although it isn't really big, it is interesting to read the Japanese's version of the aggression leading up to world war 2. The history was... More 

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Reviewed 4 weeks ago

For this trip to Japan, we decided to visit the Yasukuni Shrine because of the adverse attention it has been receiving from China and South Korea especially when Japanese politicians visit it. Although it is a place to honour the Japanese war dead, we were surprised at the size of the shrine. It was huge with a giant torii gate... More 

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Thessaloniki, Greece
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Reviewed 20 April 2017

A pretty iconic and large place. Have to remember not to take pictures in front of the main area, or you will get a stern warning from a guard.

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