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Yasukuni Shrine

Address: 3-1-1 Kudan-kita, Chiyoda 102-8246, Tokyo Prefecture
Phone Number: +81 3-3261-8326
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Ranked #4 of 71 Attractions in Chiyoda
Certificate of Excellence 2014
4.0 of 5 stars 452 Reviews
Type: Religious Sites, Historic Sites, Monuments/ Statues, Museums, Cultural
Owner description: A large, torii gate stands at the entrance to this shrine built in memory of those who lost their...
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Type: Religious Sites, Historic Sites, Monuments/ Statues, Museums, Cultural
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Sun - Sat 6:00 am - 6:00 pm
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.

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Noumea, New Caledonia
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9 reviews 9 reviews
3 attraction reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 14, 2014

A quiet park around the temple and shrine..to relax or pray.Huge old trees and a nice temple up on the small hill

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New York City, New York
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24 attraction reviews
22 helpful votes 22 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 7, 2014

First of all this place is controversial - that makes it extra interesting to visit! When you visit the museum - try to see the difference in how historical events are interpreted as interesting cultural differences (wars started by Japan are rarely - if ever - called wars, they are incidents...). The museum tries to explain why things ended up... More 

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Newcastle, Australia
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16 reviews 16 reviews
9 attraction reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 4, 2014

This was a very illuminating visit. We only decided to go after reading about it on TripAdvisor. Some very interesting and informative displays on early history in the museum but one of the most slanted presentations of Japanese involvement in World War ll that I have ever seen. The narrative made good use of emotive language, obfuscation and major omissions... More 

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Eastbourne
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41 attraction reviews
78 helpful votes 78 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed November 30, 2014

This place may not sit well with some non-Japanese as it is effectively a Japanese war memorial to those who died for their country in the civil wars of the late 19th century and then her wars with other countries up to the Greater East Asian War (as they call the Second World War). Over 2,466,000 fallen have been deified.... More 

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Singapore, Singapore
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26 reviews 26 reviews
9 attraction reviews
17 helpful votes 17 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 26, 2014

This is a place of great controversies. I had always wondered how this place looked like... is the place very eerie? Has a lot of burnt offerings, a lot of monks chanting... I was taken by surprise when I visited it 5 years ago. It was a clean, neat and serene place. Two sides of the compound were lined with... More 

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Edmonds
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 19, 2014

To read about it. Is one thing, to experience it, excellent!!!! A real eye opener to see the other side of history.

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Singapore, Singapore
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11 attraction reviews
14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 9, 2014

This shrine brings about an immense sense of zen and people-watch. I love how it was so peaceful, quaint yet had a certain military aspect to it. A little sad to as we see how they honor the war dead. More thorough review with pictures here on my blog http://floraisabelle.com/yasukuni-shrine/

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Toronto, Canada
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89 helpful votes 89 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 4, 2014

Was a very beautiful shrine. We found it to be a good place to mediate and people watch. They had different activities going on around the Shrine

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London, United Kingdom
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128 helpful votes 128 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 29, 2014

It doesn't have the zen factors that other shrines throughout the country has because of the controversy about the military aspect of it. Regardless of one's views of how the war is portrayed, it is a different perspective and in that sense, it is enlightening. There are always multiple views to any argument.

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Castellon de la Plana, Spain
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7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 21, 2014

The review is focused in the museum. Apart of the plethora of military hardware and memorabilia what it really puts this museum apart in the various explanations and narration of the events, portraying the WWII in the Pacific as a crusade by the Japanese to free Eastern Asia from European colonialism. It offers the WWII aficionado a unique glimpse of... More 

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