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Yasukuni Shrine

3-1-1 Kudan-kita, Chiyoda 102-8246, Tokyo Prefecture
+81 3-3261-8326
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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 Kudan-kita, Chiyoda 102-8246, Tokyo Prefecture
Yotsuya / Iidabashi
+81 3-3261-8326
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Reviewed 2 days ago

A peaceful but controversial Shinto Shrine and museum, it is well worth visiting. We were there during the cherry blossom season and was not disappointed. But it was the controversial history, shrine for WW2 war criminals, is why we went there. Not far away is...More

Thank Dale L
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

...and not only it is interesting from the historical perspective, it is very beautiful too. Don't miss the museum. Although two things must be said: a- it would be better if everything (as opposed to just a limited number of things) on display were explained...More

Thank Michele489
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

The shrine itself probably needs no introduction or description but in short it's an important Shinto shrine to commemorate all Japanese who have died in the service of the Emperor. Unfortunately that includes war criminals. Make your own judgment. There is little of the shrine...More

Thank Chris C
Reviewed 1 week ago

Beautiful shrine... very peaceful and clearly important to the Japanese people, despite its very controversial nature. We still felt it was a wonderful visit and enjoyed walking peacefully on the grounds. You can buy small souvenirs at a small store nearby.

1  Thank Brichford
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

We got off Kudanshita station and took us approx 5 mins walk to reach here. Came here for cherry blossom viewing and this place didnt disappointed. Plenty of sakura trees in addition to visiting the historic shrine. Next we head off to Chidorigafuchi moat which...More

Thank margheritapie
Reviewed 5 weeks ago

This is the heart and soul of history in Tokyo. Much more historically significant than the beautiful Meiji Shrine. You can see the gravity of the place in people's faces. The Shrine's museum is awe-inspiring and will take several hours to properly appreciate. This has...More

Thank kenkurtz
Reviewed 5 weeks ago

Known mostly outside Japan for the 14 war criminals commemorated there - but there are about 2,465,986 other souls commemorated there which their descendants come to honour. We went for them. It is an impressive shrine with lovely buildings and beautiful trees. There is a...More

Thank Kaydn215
Reviewed 13 May 2017

It's a shrine & a museum. The museum explains the Japanese historical account before WW1 to the end of WW2. Historical account in the view of Japanese's war were rhetorically presented, translated English text were somewhat carefully selected. War crimes committed were effectively not mentioned...More

1  Thank eugenelim070
Reviewed 13 May 2017

The shrine is nice and the walk up to the shrine very impressive. I really enjoy the War museum that's attached to the shrine. It definitely puts another perspective on WWII.

Thank Kasia Z
Reviewed 6 May 2017 via mobile

This shrine is a 10 minute walk from the Train Station. There is a lot of history there and many Statutes. They have a brochure in English so you can understand about what happened here. Worth a look.

Thank Jan S
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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John P
Hi! Can you go inside Yasukuni shrine where the Shinto priests are praying? If so, can you give me information. Thanks
23 April 2017|
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Response from ECWorld | Reviewed this property |
I don't think so. It is a very sacred place for the Japanese.
How do I reserve a ticket for Yasukuni Shrine?
5 September 2016|
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Response from pinaykim | Reviewed this property |
Sorry for the late reply! The shrine itself is free but the war museum that is located on shrine grounds are around $15 a person
Hi, Can you take pets - a dog - into the shrine with you? Thanks! George
6 March 2015|
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Response from RyanHo | Reviewed this property |
I would say no. I have not seen any so I do not know if they are actually forbidden. That said, this is one of the most sacred place in Japan and out of respect, I would avoid doing it - better safe than sorry in this... More