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Yasukuni Shrine

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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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Didnt get to this shrine on first trip to Tokyo. Glad I found it this time and on a nice sunny day when the blossoms were on the trees and blowing in the breeze. Nice Shrine... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed April 13, 2015
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28 reviews 28 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 17, 2015 NEW

This is one of the beautiful places for cherry blossom! Get off from Kudanshita station n take A1 -A2 exit. Its few mins away from station. you will all be surprised with the beautiful cherry trees. It is a beautiful view. must see Sakura places in tokyo. also from here you can go to chidorigafuchi one of the utmost beautiful places to... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 15, 2015 NEW via mobile

The Shinto shrine which it is the name that begins to cause controversy in various ways, but is important for a Japanese Let's see tomorrow properly than we look at the back There will be never that I repeat the same mistake.

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Colorado
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 13, 2015 NEW

Didnt get to this shrine on first trip to Tokyo. Glad I found it this time and on a nice sunny day when the blossoms were on the trees and blowing in the breeze. Nice Shrine dedicated to those that served in the military. Nice they also had monuments to the dogs, horses and pigeons that served too. Nice indoor... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 8, 2015

This is the controversial shrine that angers Japan's neighbors when officials visit (especially the Prime Minister). There is a locomotive from the 'Death Railway' in Thailand/Myanmar that killed at least 100,000 laborers to expedite completion in horrible conditions, zero fighter planes and kamikaze pilot statues, justifications and rationalizations for invading Manchuria (in China) and Korea and for bombing Pearl Harbor.... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 31, 2015

A sobering view of the cost of war from the Japanese perspective. Well worth the visit. The museum is two levels and tells the history of Japan and its struggle with the encroaching foreign nations who were all vying for influence in the 19th century. The exhibit of the fallen servicemen and women is your last stop before exiting the... More 

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Tokyo, Japan
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed March 20, 2015

The shrine itself is controversial but historically significant. Read up on WWII history before you go. The flea market held on the grounds on Sundays are well worth the trip if you're in the market for anything from kimono obis to antiques to old photos.

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2 of 5 stars Reviewed March 17, 2015

Went there with my teenage son and we were disappointed cos the part that's accessoble to the public is very limited. Basically you only see the shrine and you can't go to the back where the gardens are. I think the Meiji Shrine is worth a visit over this one. At least you get to see the Shrine and explore... More 

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Atsugi, Japan
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 15, 2015

I was fairly ignorant regarding Japanese military history prior to visiting the Yasukuni Shrine and Yushukan War Memorial. It is quite the experience, and educational. I know everyone will have their own take on it so I will only say it is worth visiting.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 26, 2015

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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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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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.