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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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I had a morning off on a business trip and wanted to learn about Japan's wartime past

I very well run museum. Quite a lot in English that tells the story of the pacific war and previous wars that Japan has been involved with. Good exhibits but history has been... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed August 19, 2015
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 19, 2015

I very well run museum. Quite a lot in English that tells the story of the pacific war and previous wars that Japan has been involved with. Good exhibits but history has been rewritten and Japan does not really take responsibility for starting the war. Dissapointing but expected.

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 15, 2015

This is a place where you will be reminded of Japan's invasion to her neighbors, China, Korea and many parts of Asia. Japan's invasion and the masterminds behind the invasion are glorified here. The peaceful gardens can't pacify the military ambitions.

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Bonalbo, Australia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 13, 2015

Yasakuni Shrine is one of the great places to visit in Tokyo. As well as the excellent surroundings, huge park across the road and the history in symbolizes every third Sunday there is a fabulous flea market held under the trees rimming the grounds. There are some amazing things on offer but bargain hard for a decent price. It is... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 12, 2015

It's interesting on so many levels to see how the Japanese portray their own military history. The last messages from kamikaze pilots are very moving. Also fascinating to observe the vibrant, constantly visited shrine next door too.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 8, 2015

Interesting place to visit, no photos allowed at the shrine. Controversially, some war criminals were interred here in the late 70s. Always interesting to hear a different perspective, so make sure to visit the museum too.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 6, 2015

I skipped the Shrine and spent two hours in the war museum which located next to it. The exhibition was a bit hard to follow in English only, and presents world war two as well as earlier wars from a Japanese perspective. Kamikaze suicide weapons such as the flying Ohka and the underwater Kaiten are on display.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 4, 2015

the shrine dazzles at night, welcoming visitors with its glowtatstic structures and magnificence......

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 4, 2015

We were staying at the nearby Grand Palace Hotel on Toyko on 13 July when we heard about the festival at this shrine that was taking place that evening. So at 6pm, we trodded up the hill and came upon a huge park after 15-20 minutes hike, filled with what seemed to me half of Tokyo's population. At the entrance,... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 3, 2015

This is a beautiful shrine to visit when in Tokyo. My husband and I enjoyed experiencing the walking garden, watching the koi in the koi pond, and taking in the history around us. There is an inside museum that holds airplanes and trains left over from the war era. There are bathrooms on sight, but I only saw the squat... More 

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1 of 5 stars Reviewed July 28, 2015

Many korean haters, and right wing extremists shouting words of discrimination. the shrine of war criminals like nazi. good environment though

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