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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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Fascinating Museum for Military History Fans

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... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed June 30, 2015
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 30, 2015 NEW

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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Mumbai (Bombay), India
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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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London, United Kingdom
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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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Wroclaw, Poland
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 16, 2015

Controversial by the treatment of some 20th century and IIWW events the shrine itself and the Military Museum Yushukan are real gem for all aficionados of military artifacts and atmosphere. You can face last surging Zero fighter or suicidal mini-submarine there. Differently than in other big military museums, many items tell history of an individual soldier of officer. Very touching.

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed June 4, 2015

While the long walkway leasing to the shrine is beautiful and the garden next to it is lovely, the shrine itself is quite underwhelming, thus making the entire site a bit overrated. Next to the shrine lies the controversial Yushukan museum. Visit it only if you are prepared to be exposed to horrifying North Korean style propaganda, as it glorifies... More 

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Modena
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 2, 2015

This shrine is nice, even if the Meiji Shrine is better and also Senso-ji is better. What makes the difference is that this shrine is very important since it is dedicated to the souls of the brave warriors who gave their life for the empire of Japan. There is also a war museum, even if the things displayer in there... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 1, 2015

Despite the tributes to war criminals in the museum, I think this is worth visiting. The shrine and its surroundings are really impressive. It has a sort of solemn beauty.

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Katonah, New York
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 1, 2015

No one seems to expect Americans to show up here so the looks os shock are really quite something. You have to try it out.

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Singapore
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 25, 2015

The museum is well worth a visit. The exhibits are comprehensive, but the most touching are the letters (translated into English) written to their families by soldiers going into battle knowing they would not return.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 22, 2015

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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Additional Information about Yasukuni Shrine

Address: 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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