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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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Nice shrine and interesting museum

The shrine was built to honor those that died in the war. The museum have descriptions of Japan's point of view for their involvement in the wars. English descriptions are... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed July 27, 2015
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1 of 5 stars Reviewed July 28, 2015 NEW

Many korean haters, and right wing extremists shouting words of discrimination. the shrine of war criminals like nazi. good environment though

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 27, 2015 NEW

The shrine was built to honor those that died in the war. The museum have descriptions of Japan's point of view for their involvement in the wars. English descriptions are available for most of the exhibitions and the best is the last section where they display the planes and submarines etc. There are 2 paths that you can take depending... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 19, 2015

Visited briefly while on business. Found the museum very interesting and good value. Some fascinating stories of the past. The lamps were amazing too.

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Mysen, Norway
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 15, 2015

Went there yesterday and I was surprised that it was rather unimpressive. The shrine is nice and the garden too, but I had expected more.

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Traralgon, Australia
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 14, 2015

I was out walking around the outside of the Palace grounds and saw a sign saying Yasukuni Shrine so I followed where it directed and by accident found this very impressive Shinto Shrine. The walk way to the shrine is long and interesting, you get to see some great stone lanterns and statues and huge slabs of stone with writing... More 

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Silver Spring, Maryland
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 5, 2015

This museum is highly informative and has lots of content translated in English. Follows various eras of Japanese warfare history. You cannot take pictures inside, but they have a book for purchase in the gift shop (in Japanese and English) if you'd like to remember content or images. Certainly, this is a singular view of history, but it is important... More 

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Melbourne Australia
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 5, 2015

The shrine is lovely and it's an impressive walk up to it. But the attached war museum is the really interesting bit. Be prepared to see the war described from the Japanese point of view though.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 30, 2015

Several very unique items: manned torpedo, "cherry blossom" kamikaze rocket plane, locomotive from Thai-Burma Death Railway and a Mitsubishi Zero. Very good exhibits with lots of personal letters written by Japanese who served (and mostly died) in WW2. Enough English translations to hold your attention if you are a gaijin. The Saturday morning that I visited I was there for... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 26, 2015

This is a 'must see' attraction if you are in Tokyo. The Shrine has huge entrance gates, which are really different that what you see is usual shrines. A place to go, if you like history.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 17, 2015

Impressive and often controversial shrine to honour Japan's war dead. I revisited after several years away. Imposing entrance, beautiful grounds, and the museum is not to be missed. A must-see in attempting to understand the perspectives of some in Japan towards WW2 and other conflicts as well.

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Additional Information about Yasukuni Shrine

Address: 3-1-1 Kudan-kita, Chiyoda 102-8246, Tokyo Prefecture
Phone Number: +81 3-3261-8326
Location: Asia  >  Japan  >  Kanto  >  Tokyo Prefecture  >  Tokyo  >  Chiyoda>  > Yotsuya / Iidabashi
Open Hours:
Sunday 6:00 am - 6:00 pm
Monday 6:00 am - 6:00 pm
Tuesday 6:00 am - 6:00 pm
Wednesday 6:00 am - 6:00 pm
Thursday 6:00 am - 6:00 pm
Friday 6:00 am - 6:00 pm
Saturday 6:00 am - 6:00 pm

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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.
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