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Yasukuni Shrine

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I visited the shrine early as I wanted to see it without lots of people. The sometimes... read more

Reviewed 3 weeks ago
Perth, Australia

Lovely, despite its controversy, as Japanese convicted war criminals are buried here. Pairs well... read more

Reviewed 4 weeks ago
Tokyo, Japan
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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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3-1-1 Kudankita, Chiyoda 102-8246, Tokyo Prefecture
Yotsuya / Iidabashi
+81 3-3261-8326
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

I visited the shrine early as I wanted to see it without lots of people. The sometimes controversial shrine gives you its origins and other historical information. The museum part of the shrine was closed when I was there in late December. Good one if...More

Date of experience: December 2018
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

The museum portion of the shrine is, in my opinion, a must see. They have plenty of WWII artifacts, models, aircraft, artillery pieces, a tank, and plenty of naval artifacts. If you're a military history fan, it's a place you'll want to see. Of course,...More

Date of experience: September 2018
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

The Yasukuni Shrine and the Yushukan Museum on its grounds are fundamental pillars of Japanese culture and history. While too many reviews take a stand with more or less pertinent knowledge of the facts, any history buff and humble amateur of Japanese culture and history...More

Date of experience: December 2018
Thank CitizenOTWorld
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

I am aware that this shrine is the subject of controversy but I went anyway to satisfy my curiosity. As a visitor attraction it is rather boring: like most shrines, all you can do is stand at the front of the main building and try...More

Date of experience: June 2018
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Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Lovely, despite its controversy, as Japanese convicted war criminals are buried here. Pairs well with a visit to the Budokan and the adjoining garden.

Date of experience: December 2018
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Reviewed November 30, 2018

Decided to visit this shrine as it is a little controversial given it honours Japanese war heros. I am pleased I went as I learned about Japanese history therefore lessons for the future. Came away with better understanding. Not as impressive as other shrines I...More

Date of experience: October 2018
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Reviewed November 20, 2018

This was my second visit to Yushukan which explains how Japanese Imperial Army fought for the country since Boshin War, the last domestic war between Togugawa's and Satsuma-Choshu allied force which later established Emperor's government.Different from the first visit, I took a 120 minutes course...More

Date of experience: November 2018
Thank Keizo
Reviewed November 14, 2018

I am well aware that there are concerns about the fact that there may be WWII war criminals buried at this shrine and that it may glorify a more bellicose Japan. However, the shrine should be respected because it honours all of Japan's war dead,...More

Date of experience: November 2018
Thank Serge G
Reviewed November 12, 2018

The museum is well presented and has many English descriptions of the exhibits This is a shrine to the military personnel who have died overseas in past conflicts. As such I fully understood before I came what was here and was aware of the controversy...More

Date of experience: November 2018
4  Thank LALLondon
Reviewed November 8, 2018 via mobile

The shrine is controversial, but if you put that aside, it is well worth a visit. There is lots to explore in the grounds, including a peaceful pond, sumo ring and various statues. Some renovation work ongoing but doesn’t detract from the place. There is...More

Date of experience: November 2018
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Yotsuya / Iidabashi
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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August 2, 2018|
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Response from cinbkk | Reviewed this property |
I took photos everywhere except inside the shrine. It;s a place for serious workship and with a tragic history, so tourists should keep a low profile.
May 7, 2018|
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Response from Ianfors8 | Reviewed this property |
I didn't see any list. Perhaps it is in a special place and not available to tourists.
July 1, 2017|
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Response from kenkurtz | Reviewed this property |
The shrine and the museum are separate. No restrictions on photos in the museum.