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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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Bad reputation for a pretty shrine

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... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed yesterday
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Hampshire, UK
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW

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 3 days ago NEW

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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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 days ago NEW 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 5 days ago NEW

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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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

One of the must visit places as well in Tokyo, a place where is built to commemorate people who died during service, which is why has been a controversial place because of the soldiers who died in the World War. There are many structures around the shrine: gates, statues and pillars which all have significance to the rich history and... More 

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Houston, Texas
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

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 5 weeks ago

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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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 18, 2016 via mobile

Had a great time visiting the shrine and checking out the museum. The shrine had some construction going on the moment probably preparing repairs before Japanese summer vacation starts.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 4, 2016

I loved this place. I did a lovely walk from my hotel close to Suidobashi station. Upon entering through a beautiful Tori gate you proceed through a lovely park with the statue in the middle. Then you cross a small street and through another Tori gate and into the main complex. There was even an exposition of bonsai trees which... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 28, 2016

Tokyo has got many shrines, we visited this with a Japanese guide because of the controversy and wanted to know a bit more about the history. The shrine itself is very beautiful and there was a musical performance on a little stage nearby involving traditional music. The place itself was a bit crowded, but in Tokyo this seems to be... More 

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Yotsuya and Iidabashi are areas that developed around the outer moat of the Imperial palace. Nearby in Kagurazaka, there is an old red-light district with a photogenic feel evocative of the ambiance of old Tokyo. Narrow paths with stone paving remain to this day, and there are long-standing restaurants with geishas and quaint old cafes in townhouse buildings.
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