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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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This was within walking distance of our hotel so we walked. This is a beautiful shrine that I feel lucky to have experienced. It's clean, very spiritual, and we were able to... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed May 22, 2015
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Boston, Massachusetts
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 22, 2015 NEW

This was within walking distance of our hotel so we walked. This is a beautiful shrine that I feel lucky to have experienced. It's clean, very spiritual, and we were able to take part in a lovely ceremony honoring our deceased. You can offer a token to say a prayer for your loved one or write a note and hang... More 

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Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
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27 reviews 27 reviews
20 attraction reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed May 19, 2015 NEW

As an ethnic Korean whose extended family has suffered a lot during the occupation and the war, Yasukuni Shrine represents everything offensive about the current Japanese government. Facts are doctored in the museum, there are tributes to war criminals, there is even a memorial plaque to an Indian judge who had deemed the Tokyo Trials as "petty vengeance" against the... More 

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Adelaide, Australia
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23 attraction reviews
53 helpful votes 53 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed May 2, 2015

As one of the information on cherry blossoms suggested to visit Yasukuni Shrine after Chidorigafuchi. But when we arrived at the side gate of the shrine, we realised that there were not as much cherry blossoms as in Chidorigafuchi. Instead, there was a row of gingko trees on both sides of the main path way to the shrine. Since it... More 

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Johannesburg
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47 reviews 47 reviews
10 attraction reviews
23 helpful votes 23 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 30, 2015

This museum is a great opportunity to see the historical view from a Japanese side. It was very interesting to read / learn about the curator's interpretation of WW1, Soviet revolution and WW2. Overall, it seems that the English- translated comments were heavily influenced by the Cold War attitudes. One wonders whether the English language translators have helped so that... More 

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Quezon City, Philippines
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11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 29, 2015

I like touring war museums and the war memorial had one of the best collection it had the zero fighter , some tanks and other weapons - great for war geeks like me

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London, United Kingdom
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 26, 2015

I went mostly to see what the political disagreements are about. The area is very big, but as this is a younger shrine, size is more impressive than style. Nice little park with pond at the very back.

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Japan
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 17, 2015

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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Colorado
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71 helpful votes 71 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 13, 2015

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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Denver, Colorado
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137 helpful votes 137 helpful votes
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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Portland, Oregon
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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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