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Yasukuni Shrine

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Yotsuya / Iidabashi
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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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Sun - Sat 6:00 am - 6:00 pm

A large, torii gate stands at the entrance to this shrine built in...

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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Large Shinto shrine near the Kitanomaru Park in Tokyo

Extensive grounds with several interesting buildings. It is a working Shinto shrine with lots of activities going on. I prefer Buddhist temples, but this Shinto shrine was quite... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed 1 week ago
Nelson M
Richmond, Virginia
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Richmond, Virginia
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 59 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

Extensive grounds with several interesting buildings. It is a working Shinto shrine with lots of activities going on. I prefer Buddhist temples, but this Shinto shrine was quite nice to visit. Good place for a few photographs.

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Suwon, South Korea
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 93 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Holy place for japanese. Unique scene of the shrine building. Calm inside. Decorated flowers were beautiful and contained eastern philosophy.

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Bengaluru (Bangalore), India
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 19 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 23, 2015

This place is a very different shrine to the rest and very controversial. Worth a visit to see a different side of history and meet some interesting protestors (wait for them to speak to you though). Also, if you are Indian, there is a very interesting shrine to an Indian judge which has prominent place there. Worth a trip!

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Budapest, Budapest, Hungary
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 17, 2015

This is a beautiful shrine dedicated to the soldiers who fought for Japan. It is close to the Imperial Gardens and can be visited on the same day. There is a small museum next to the main temple which can be visited free of charge - recommend! The shrine is surrounded by buildings where lots of toys are displayed -... More 

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed October 14, 2015 via mobile

Big trees, some old tradition Japanese building. But that's it. Compare to Meiji jingu here is nothing really special for tourists. Forget about the history problem. This place r just not interesting enough. When I got inside I can't feel peace or happiness or something exciting... Anyway I like Meiji jingu much better.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 6, 2015

The shrine shares the site with a fascinating Japanese War Museum, dedicated to the military history of Japan. The museum traces the lives of heroes and their battles throughout history, and there are real actual exhibits, including a "Zero" and a kamikaze submarine. There is some signage in English, and the translations of military men's letters to their wives is... More 

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Osaka, Japan
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 6, 2015

Yasukuni shrine and Musuem are a good way to spend half a day, you can really brush up on your history about the Japanese from their prospective about wars they have been in and how they achieved how they got there.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 5, 2015

We weren't sure what to expect, but we ended up spending 2 hours at the shrine and Museum. There is a history of Japan's modern army with many photos and mementos. It really brings home the fact that war is terrible.

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Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 3, 2015

I visited Yasukuni-jinja in September 2015 out of curiosity over its international reputation. The shrine grounds are more or less what you expect of a well-maintained, Shinto shrine of national importance. I also visited the history museum on site. If you are expecting a contrite view of World War II, you will be offended. Basically history is presented at the... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 26, 2015

I've read some mixed reviews of this place, and I can just say for anyone interested in history it is worth a visit. First, the shrine itself is beautiful and somber in the same way as Arlington Cemetery. Family members and others pay respects to their fallen countrymen's souls while you are walking the grounds. I was early for the... More 

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