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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
6:00 am - 6:00 pm
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Sun - Sat 6:00 am - 6:00 pm

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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Don't miss the Museum! :)

After getting through four torii gates and getting past the monument for the prominent vice minister of war in the Meiji era (his statue on the monument) along the walkway taking... read more

4 of 5 bubblesReviewed September 16, 2016
Myo M
Coquitlam, Canada
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Montevideo, Uruguay
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 days ago NEW via mobile

This shrine stands on the same location as the war museum. The shrine honors the souls of all those who died while serving the Emperor. It is a lovely peaceful shrine, with several huge torii marking the entrances. Away from the crowds of Asakusa, makes for a much more interesting visit. Must see.

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Coquitlam, Canada
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 16, 2016

After getting through four torii gates and getting past the monument for the prominent vice minister of war in the Meiji era (his statue on the monument) along the walkway taking 5 to 10 minutes (there's actually also a "side entrance" which bypasses the first two of the four torii gates along the walkway), this shrine which is really just... More 

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Takarazuka, Japan
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 16, 2016 via mobile

I am come back everytime when I am back to Tokyo this place for pray my great grand father. It was not good feeling but I hope he is relax and well in heaven. I've seen many foreigners pray or visit to this shrine. Even though they are not pray, I am great full to see come and bring your... More 

Thank erikamix
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 12, 2016

Nice shrine with less tourist traffic than Senso-Ji. This shrine is dedicated to soldiers who lost their lives in various wars. As an american whose father fought in the pacific in WWII, it is so interesting to see these conflicts from both sides, pointing out that war sucks no matter what side you are on. The most poignant display along... More 

Thank Carrie R
Hong Kong, China
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 8, 2016

While listening to the name so many times, finally we came to visit the shrine. it's a beautiful place surrounded by trees and a Tori gate in the front. it's a nice shrine where you can take photos (but no photos allowed when you're inside and near to the main session, staff there will remind you not to take photos... More 

Thank Aomori
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 6, 2016 via mobile

Despite the lies in the press, there is no glorification of the so-called war criminals here. It is a memorial to Japanese war dead. It also has an attached museum that is not controversial. As a professionally trained historian I found no effort to use new scholarship that actually places Japan's involvement in the war in a RealPolitik view. Current... More 

Thank John H
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 2, 2016 via mobile

While this shrine gets more diverse reactions than many, it's well worth visiting. There are statues that honour animals whom served during war time, including carrier pigeons, dogs and horses. There us a statue thst honours the widows and children of war time also. War affected others beyond the front for generations after. There is a discretely placed statue that... More 

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San Diego, California
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 24, 2016

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 bubbles Reviewed August 22, 2016

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 bubbles Reviewed August 5, 2016 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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