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Yasukuni Shrine

3-1-1 Kudan-kita, Chiyoda, Tokyo Prefecture 102-8246, Japan
+81 3-3261-8326
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Ranked #3 of 72 attractions in Chiyoda
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Religious Sites, Historic Sites, Monuments/ Statues, Museums
Owner description: 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... more » Owner description: 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. « less
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Tokyo, Japan
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21 reviews 21 reviews
6 attraction reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 16, 2014

Yasukuni shrine is often regarded as a controversial shrine. Japanese respects this shrine for their warriors and also those who died in the war. Chinese and Koreans see this is a shrine for war criminals. Anyway, apart from its controversy, this is a must visit shrine in July during Mitama Matsuri or Lanterns festival. This year the festival was held... More

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Chiang Mai, Thailand
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14 reviews 14 reviews
3 attraction reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed July 1, 2014

The temple and gardens are quite beautiful. If I had know the history to it I would have never visited. Japanese need to acknowledge the crimes there forebearers did to the world.

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Nagoya, Japan
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12 reviews 12 reviews
7 attraction reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed June 10, 2014

I visited Yasukuni mainly to see and know the place that causes anger in Chinese and Koreans. The Shrine is much smaller compared to Meiji Shrine. Rusted tall iron entrance welcomes the visitor. The shrine itself is of no particular importance for foreigners like me. However, I found the adjoining garden beautiful. There are some wooden chairs where you can... More

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Gum Spring, Virginia
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4 attraction reviews
14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed June 9, 2014

This is the shrine that has been the discussion of controversy because it contains the souls of some war criminals. It is a shrine to those that died in war. No bodies just souls and those that are concerned about the souls of the war criminals being here...simply have nothing better to worry about. The shrine is like most other... More

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Como, Italy
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18 attraction reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 27, 2014

Actually we didn't see much of the shrine and its hystorical controversy, but we came there in spring during a sumo event, so the beauty of hanami and the sumo show absolutely worthed the visit. We approched the main shrine walking through raining petals of cherry blossoms and close to the main pagoda we found the sumo ring with many... More

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Singapore, Singapore
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 24, 2014

This is the place that represents Japanese spiritual structure. Japanese have full respect for those who sacrificed their lives to the country irrespective to what they did while they alive. Even though some of them are considered as war criminals, the fact is that they made their best judgements at that time for the sake of their country and for... More

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Dallas, Texas
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 15, 2014

Regardless of the controversy surrounding the shrine itself, it is a very important Japanese shrine and the historical context of it alone merits a visit. The shrine and the gardens behind it are beautiful and the museum near by is very well done and incredibly interesting. There is a lot of walking at the shrine, but the shrine and gardens... More

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London, United Kingdom
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed May 15, 2014

It is ok but I think its more of a domestic attraction, when time is short not sure its really worth the visit.

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Hong Kong, China
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18 attraction reviews
33 helpful votes 33 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 26, 2014

The Shrine itself, if you just look at it as a normal shrine, is unquestionably beautiful. Here you feel an unprecedented peace and manner, just quite like Justin Bieber said: "I asked my driver to pull over as I saw a beautiful shrine". But he was silly, just like all of us. As a Chinese I had a very complicated... More

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Tokyo, Japan
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 12, 2014

Peaceful shrine honouring war heroes. Good place to learn about the ultimate sacrifices by others for our freedom and success

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