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Yasukuni Shrine

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Address: 3-1-1 Kudan-kita, Chiyoda 102-8246, Tokyo Prefecture
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Phone Number: +81 3-3261-8326
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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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Visited this shrine because every now and then I hear about it on the news and wanted to see it first hand. Unlike other shrines I have visited in Japan, it is a simple looking... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed 4 days ago
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San Diego, California
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San Diego, California
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

Visited this shrine because every now and then I hear about it on the news and wanted to see it first hand. Unlike other shrines I have visited in Japan, it is a simple looking shrine. Pictures are not allowed inside the main shrine area but you can take them from just outside the main entrance. The shrine itself is... More 

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Houston, Texas
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

Went here first thing in the morning to see the practices held by Japanese culture and it was a sight to see the traditions held. The Shrine is well kept as well.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Would visit there again. But next time during the day time when it's open. A war memorial and a very controversial shrine but the shrine itself is worth visiting.

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Bridgewater, New Jersey
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

If you are going to the imperial gardens, stop by here, the shrine to Japanese war dead, if for no other reason than seeing what all the fuss is about.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

You may have already heard about Yasukuni shrine due to the international issues that their visits cause. Yasukuni shrine is dedicated to all Japanese war dead since the Boshin war, including WW2. Ignoring the ethical issues surrounding the shrine it is a lovely place to visit. Here you will find a cute old Noh stage a repurposed bus for smoking.... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

We actually did not plan to visit here but just happened upon it in our random strolling through this area of the city. We had been to other shrines but this one stood out in the exceptional upkeep and cleanliness of the groups and area. (not that the others were dirty). There were also several small areas within the shrine... More 

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Portland, Oregon
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 weeks ago via mobile

It was a hot, hot day when we visited. This place was calm (even with all the visitors) and cool walking along the paths. We went in a Sunday and saw 2 Shinto weddings- they only happen in Sundays. An unexpected treat!

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 23, 2016

The Yasukuni shrine is an imperial Shinto shrine founded in 1869 and dedicated to all persons who died in the service of the Japanese Empire between 1867 and 1951. Almost two and a half million names are maintained in the shrine's records, with over a thousand considered to be guilty of crimes against humanity during World War 2. For this... More 

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Houston, Texas
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 2, 2016

I realize there is a lot of history (controversial) attached to this shrine which may make it a very difficult visit for some people. While respecting their views, the shrine itself is an interesting venue with an excellent museum that provides context to the discussion. If you are in Tokyo I recommend a visit.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 23, 2016

I'm not that interested in the big shrine, but the museum is an interesting view of the war. See a real Zero fighter and guns and artillery. It's totally nationalistic.

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