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Yasukuni Shrine

3-1-1 Kudan-kita, Chiyoda, Tokyo Prefecture 102-8246, Japan
+81 3-3261-8326
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Ranked #4 of 75 Attractions in Chiyoda
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Religious Sites, Historic Sites, Monuments/ Statues, Museums
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... more » 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. « less
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Castellon de la Plana, Spain
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30 reviews 30 reviews
12 attraction reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 21, 2014 NEW

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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Buchs St. Gallen, Switzerland
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9 reviews 9 reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 17, 2014 NEW

Its a must for those interested in history and culture. Many foreigner do not understand why prime ministers go to visit the shrine, but culture will tell

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Calgary, Canada
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16 reviews 16 reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 4, 2014

The Yasukuni Shrine has been the source of considerable controversy over the years as it memorializes the soldiers who died for their country. Ordinarily this wouldn't be of any unusual interest except for the fact that military officials convicted of war crimes during the Japanese Pacific War 1941-1945 are included in the thousands of soldiers remembered here. The Shinto shrine... More

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Cork, Ireland
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34 helpful votes 34 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 1, 2014

Very interesting place where the souls of the fallen heroes are enshrined and worshipped. This strucks a chord in every man who loves his own country.

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Tokyo, Japan
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55 helpful votes 55 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed September 20, 2014

I usually avoid this shrine when I am in the area, but one day I just decided to visit. The grounds and buildings are certainly impressive, with its huge torii, tall trees and all that, but it is hard to avoid the fact that war criminals are interred here. I felt very uncomfortable. Hard to be at peace here, so... More

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Toronto, Canada
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 13, 2014

The shrine is just another of the so many shrine in Japan, except this one house the Japanese war criminals, which is available to worship, all in the name of 'praying for the protector/hero of Japan'. While some of them maybe (those die long before the WW2), those for WW2 are NOT, these are war criminals. What is more shameful... More

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Adrian, Michigan
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 8, 2014

This Shinto shrine is an interesting one to visit. I was quite frankly drawn here by the controversy surrounding the references that are associated with Yasukuni concerning the enshrinement of war criminals. PM Abe just stirred a quite a lot of fresh controversy by visiting this shrine again. Apart from these references, however, it is an interesting place in its... More

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Paris, France
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 4, 2014

The shrine area is like a long green alley when you pass a number of "dori" to reach the main temple. The day I visited, there was a antique/flea market event with a lot of old Japanese goodies, very entertaining. The shrine itself is a famous Tokyo landmark.

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Melbourne, Australia
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 24, 2014

I was keen to see what the controversy was about with this shrine. Tha shrine itself was average although it was an impressive avenue leading up to it. There was a very pretty garden at the back which was almost deserted. The museum had some good exhibits but the slant in the attached panels about the host's record in the... More

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Tartu, Tartumaa, Estonia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 24, 2014

There isn't much to say about Yasukuni Shrine. There is always the war history and the accusations of Japanese radical nationalists tied to Yasukuni, but ignoring those, Yasukuni also has a lot to offer. Everything, starting from the giant torii gates at the enctrance, is awesome, especially to a person interested in history and architecture. For visitors from the western... More

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