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Yasukuni Shrine

Address: 3-1-1 Kudan-kita, Chiyoda 102-8246, Tokyo Prefecture
Phone Number: +81 3-3261-8326
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Ranked #5 of 78 Attractions in Chiyoda
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Religious Sites, Historic Sites, Monuments/ Statues, Museums, Sights & Landmarks
Owner description: A large, torii gate stands at the entrance to this shrine built in memory of those who lost their...
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Type: Religious Sites, Historic Sites, Monuments/ Statues, Museums, Sights & Landmarks
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Sun - Sat 6:00 am - 6:00 pm
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.

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brighton
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84 reviews 84 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 24, 2015 NEW

I wanted to visit Yasukini because my open mind drives me to look for the other side to a debate, or in this case, a controversy. At this Shrine, more than at any other in Japan, I could empathise with the sentiments of a nation which wants to remember those who died serving their motherland. On a Friday morning the... More 

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Mumbai
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82 helpful votes 82 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 31, 2014

A very controversial but elegant monument. The controversy means people have heard about this and there is some curiosity around the place. Its a nice peaceful place with a good war museum. If this is something which interests you, would recommend that you visit and see the Japanese point of view. It's very fascinating.

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Noumea, New Caledonia
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9 reviews 9 reviews
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5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 14, 2014

A quiet park around the temple and shrine..to relax or pray.Huge old trees and a nice temple up on the small hill

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New York City, New York
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43 reviews 43 reviews
24 attraction reviews
26 helpful votes 26 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 7, 2014

First of all this place is controversial - that makes it extra interesting to visit! When you visit the museum - try to see the difference in how historical events are interpreted as interesting cultural differences (wars started by Japan are rarely - if ever - called wars, they are incidents...). The museum tries to explain why things ended up... More 

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Newcastle, Australia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 4, 2014

This was a very illuminating visit. We only decided to go after reading about it on TripAdvisor. Some very interesting and informative displays on early history in the museum but one of the most slanted presentations of Japanese involvement in World War ll that I have ever seen. The narrative made good use of emotive language, obfuscation and major omissions... More 

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Eastbourne
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed November 30, 2014

This place may not sit well with some non-Japanese as it is effectively a Japanese war memorial to those who died for their country in the civil wars of the late 19th century and then her wars with other countries up to the Greater East Asian War (as they call the Second World War). Over 2,466,000 fallen have been deified.... More 

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Singapore, Singapore
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 26, 2014

This is a place of great controversies. I had always wondered how this place looked like... is the place very eerie? Has a lot of burnt offerings, a lot of monks chanting... I was taken by surprise when I visited it 5 years ago. It was a clean, neat and serene place. Two sides of the compound were lined with... More 

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Edmonds
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 19, 2014

To read about it. Is one thing, to experience it, excellent!!!! A real eye opener to see the other side of history.

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Singapore, Singapore
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 9, 2014

This shrine brings about an immense sense of zen and people-watch. I love how it was so peaceful, quaint yet had a certain military aspect to it. A little sad to as we see how they honor the war dead. More thorough review with pictures here on my blog http://floraisabelle.com/yasukuni-shrine/

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Toronto, Canada
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 4, 2014

Was a very beautiful shrine. We found it to be a good place to mediate and people watch. They had different activities going on around the Shrine

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