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“Controversial Museum worth visiting” 4 of 5 bubbles
Review of Yasukuni Shrine

Yasukuni Shrine
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$73.37*
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Full-Day Cherry Blossom Tour in Tokyo including Buffet Lunch
Ranked #5 of 259 things to do in Chiyoda
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Owner description: 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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“Controversial Museum worth visiting”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed June 15, 2013

I didn't know about the museum till I came to visit the shrine. As a history buff, I was attracted by the artifact being displayed. Then I found myself at the center of a Japanese Far Right Museum. It was amazing how each war was justified. Even the notorious Nanking Massacre was termed Nanking Incident. The only two line description was about how the generals in charge gave strict orders for all soldiers to obey the rules. Even the Hiroshima Museum mentioned that a few thousands people were killed in Nanking and added a comment that others had argued for more.

I would actually encourage foreign visitors to go there. This will help one better understand Japan, of its past and its present political situation.

Visited June 2013
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Erie, Pennsylvania
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“Love the story behind the shrines!”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed June 7, 2013

We tried to visit as many shrines as we could. Some very ornate and some not so much. But everyone is beautiful in their own way. I love the to watch people wash their hands and lips as it is custom as you visit. I love the rich history behind each and everyone. This one is worth a stop on your visit to Japan.

Visited May 2013
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Silver Spring, Maryland
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“Controversial Yet Beautiful”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed May 16, 2013

Yasukuni Shrine honors the dead of Japanese wars from the Meiji Restoration onward. It even has statues dedicated to the horses and dogs that died in the wars. It's controversial since the shrine contains a museum that takes a rather retrograde view of that rationale for these wars. I didn't bother with the museum, but enjoyed wandering the large grounds covered by the shrine, particularly the peaceful park in back of the the shrine buildings. Japanese soldiers used to say "Let's meet at Yasukuni." before going into war, so this shrine occupies a unique place in Japanese history. It's a short walk from the Kudanshita station.

Visited May 2013
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Singapore, Singapore
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“Hidden Gem”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed May 9, 2013

Because of the political baggage carried by this shrine, I haven't seen this place mentioned in many tourist offers. Disputations aside, this place is the heart of japanese nationalism and definitely worth visiting if you wish to understand Japan and its people. I have not seen many tourists in the area. There is an awesome Museum a few hundred feet from the shrine called Yushukan which is worth visiting especially if you're a history buff; it illustrates the whole of WW2 from the Japanese point of view. The shrine itself is free of course and there are lots of cheap nationalistic goods being sold in the area. The old man selling okonomiyaki is really friendly. Unfortunately there isn't much english inside the Yushukan. I guess its meant for residents, I didn't see a single foreigner inside other than myself.

Visited May 2013
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Hervey Bay, Australia
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“Great and peaceful”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed April 21, 2013

This place is just wonderful. Having had the chance to be there during hanami, it proved to be an amazing place to see cheery blossoms.
Also they have an external ring for sumo wrestling where I could enjoy a day of wrestling.
Shall I mention a wee garden, next to it, with benches facing a lake, trees around and .. cherry blossoms of course.
Perfect for a zen & peaceful visit... that is before tourists make it there.

Visited April 2013
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