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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
Phone Number: +81 3-3261-8326
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6:00 am - 6:00 pm
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Sun - Sat 6:00 am - 6:00 pm

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 controversial yet special shrine to visit

As others have mentioned, Yasukuni is a highly controversial shrine especially to Asian people due to the fact that many Class-A war criminals are worshipped there. However, from... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed 3 days ago
Marco T
Hong Kong, China
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

1. Controversial b/c it is closely aligned with right wing Japan that sees nothing wrong with Japan in WWII. I do not support the message / beliefs of the shrine and museum at all. For understanding the ultra-right wing of Japan this is worthwhile. I do not think this represents a majority opinion of WWII, but the ideas shown here... More 

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Hong Kong, China
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

As others have mentioned, Yasukuni is a highly controversial shrine especially to Asian people due to the fact that many Class-A war criminals are worshipped there. However, from a tourist's point of view, it is worth visiting. This is true to me as I always hear this shrine in news reports whenever the Japanese PM plans to visit it. Entering... More 

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Bangkok, Thailand
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

The shrine itself is quite impressive. On Sunday, there is a market onsite, various shops selling soldiers' old possessions. There is quite a large war museum next door that presents an interesting version of 20th century events, some of this content could at best be described as questionable.

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Chatan, Japan
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

We realize the controversy about this shrine but it's still very beautiful and it's honoring war dead in Japan from all conflicts and wars. As most shrines the grounds are very nice the difference here is the antique flea market right outside the shrine.

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Alexandria, Virginia
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Yasakuni is a very controversial shrine in Asia. It is the shrine for the war dead and houses a war museum that is a must visit. Depending on where you grew up, the history presented may differ significantly from what you learned in school. That, is actually part of the attraction. Go to a more traditional shrine and then visit... More 

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed January 8, 2016

This is quite a well-kept and popular shrine, but mostly popular among Japan's right wing as it is a shrine for Japan's war dead, and most controversially its Class A war criminals. It's a bit of a trek to get there, but worth it if you have the time.

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Karachi, Pakistan
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 6, 2016

The Yasukuni Shrine is for honoring the war dead of Japan since last so many centuries. It is for paying tribute to the Japanese war heroes who gave ultimate sacrifice by laying down their lives for the Emperor and Japan. It is spread over acres of area, very quiet and beautiful. Long wide roads, breathtaking entrances, statues, tall green trees... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 30, 2015

Some of the largest gates to a shrine I've ever been to, comparable to Meiji-Jingu in size. I enjoyed my experience there watching some of the religious people do their thing. Also there is a great museum on site with a few old Japanese planes and war artifacts over there as well. Worth the trip to experience some of the... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 29, 2015 via mobile

A historical but yet controversial site. The shrine itself looks like any other Shinto shrine but do make time to visit the museum. I was in total disagreement with how the museum portrayed Japan's role in WWII and began to have a better understanding of the vociferous protests from Japan's war time enemies each time when some high ranking official... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 23, 2015

Take exit 1 from Kudanshita station. Walk uphill to the garden and large gate to the shrine. This is a shrine in honour of those who have lost their lives in war.Beautiful and peaceful. There is also the Yushuken Museum with the engine from The Burma Railway. Very interesting.

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