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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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Description: 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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We went to this shrine to visit the war museum that was in the same grounds. Very interesting to see a history of Japanese conflicts dating back to the shogun era up to WW2 or the... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed February 26, 2015
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Lockhart Australia
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Lockhart Australia
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11 reviews 11 reviews
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7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 26, 2015 NEW

We went to this shrine to visit the war museum that was in the same grounds. Very interesting to see a history of Japanese conflicts dating back to the shogun era up to WW2 or the Greater East Asian Conflict as referred to here. A Japan must see.

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Perth and Kinross, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 22, 2015

I visited the shrine mainly to visit the War Museum next door. There were a lot of people paying their respects at the shrine which was touching. Next door is the war Museum which shows the violent history of Japan very well. It is a country born in war (just like most countries) and I was unaware of the many... More 

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Cartagena, Spain
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34 helpful votes 34 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 13, 2015

It's a shrine but a very important one in Tokyo if you like shrines go but for me it's just another shrine.

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Fullerton, California
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38 reviews 38 reviews
13 attraction reviews
16 helpful votes 16 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 11, 2015

The War Memorial Museum was very nice. They did a good job in providing a balanced perspective of the events of WWII.

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Sapporo
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22 attraction reviews
41 helpful votes 41 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 8, 2015

I went as my hotel was close so that I thought it opportune to see the controversial shrine in person. The gates are very grand and a Noh theatre group was practicing, so I enjoyed my visit even though it was cold and raining (the stage was open but covered which kept the rain off the performers, but not the... More 

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New York City, New York
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26 reviews 26 reviews
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7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 1, 2015

I'll assume you know about the controversies with Yasukuni shrine and how it is a hot point in Japan's relations with China and Korea. So, visiting here you get to see a different segment of Japanese society, if you're lucky. I recommend going on a Sunday. There will be increased police presence and often some right wing groups will be... More 

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Makati, Philippines
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129 helpful votes 129 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 29, 2015

Putting aside all the controversy surrounding this shrine, it is a beautiful place to visit and it is beautifully maintained. I have visited it several times and each time enjoy it. No visit is complete without seeing the adjacent museum that contains numerous well-preserved artifacts from WWII, including a steam engine from the Burma Railroad and a Zero fighter -... More 

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brighton
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 24, 2015

I wanted to visit Yasukini because my open mind drives me to look for the other side to a debate, or in this case, a controversy. At this Shrine, more than at any other in Japan, I could empathise with the sentiments of a nation which wants to remember those who died serving their motherland. On a Friday morning the... More 

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Mumbai
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82 helpful votes 82 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 31, 2014

A very controversial but elegant monument. The controversy means people have heard about this and there is some curiosity around the place. Its a nice peaceful place with a good war museum. If this is something which interests you, would recommend that you visit and see the Japanese point of view. It's very fascinating.

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Noumea, New Caledonia
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6 helpful votes 6 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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Yotsuya / Iidabashi
Yotsuya and Iidabashi are areas that developed around the outer moat of the Imperial palace. Nearby in Kagurazaka, there is an old red-light district with a photogenic feel evocative of the ambiance of old Tokyo. Narrow paths with stone paving remain to this day, and there are long-standing restaurants with geishas and quaint old cafes in townhouse buildings.