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Yasukuni Shrine

3-1-1 Kudankita, Chiyoda 102-8246, Tokyo Prefecture
+81 3-3261-8326
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Strange place with the most beautiful garden

A war shrine honouring all those who sacrificed themselves for the country. Controversial because... read more

Reviewed 2 weeks ago
cinbkk
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Bangkok, Thailand
Important shrine in central Tokyo

A must visit to understand the past. Large and impressive. To some it may be too emotional... read more

Reviewed 13 May 2018
Reasonable50
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Greenwich, Connecticut
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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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  • Average14%
  • Poor1%
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3-1-1 Kudankita, Chiyoda 102-8246, Tokyo Prefecture
Yotsuya, Iidabashi
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

A war shrine honouring all those who sacrificed themselves for the country. Controversial because that includes war criminals. There's a monument to Dr Pal, the only judge who insisted they weren't guilty, a proud display of the Thailand-Burma "death" railway that doesn't mention the forced...More

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Reviewed 13 May 2018 via mobile

A must visit to understand the past. Large and impressive. To some it may be too emotional. However, it is a part of Japanese history. The museum will leave you with an understanding and empathy for all those impacted by war, regardless of country.

Thank Reasonable50
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Reviewed 8 May 2018

Japan politician sometimes makes an announcement to Asia. Some Cabinet Minister visit here on finished 2nd World War Day. Over 7,80year old peoples of Japanese lost family that War. They are visits(like Ohakamairi) grave or Tasukuni Shrine. It's a special place.

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Reviewed 29 April 2018

Although the shrine is considered to be controversial in the Asian region given the fact that it honours those who have died in the service of Japan including World War II it is a beautiful shine in itself. Especially the broad entrance towards the shrine...More

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Reviewed 28 April 2018

The shrine itself is not all that exciting by Shinto shrine standards, but it is designed to be a somber place. The real attraction is the shrine's war museum called YUSHUKAN. Entrance fee is ¥1000. The exhibits take you through all of Japan's military campaigns...More

Thank JMS
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Reviewed 22 April 2018 via mobile

We visited as part of a tour group with a local guide. Our guide explained the history of the site and the significance of it within the Shinto beliefs. We were showed how to cleanse ourselves before entering the shrine and were lucky to see...More

Thank John M
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Reviewed 13 April 2018 via mobile

Your best way of transportation in Tokyo would be the subway, so get you a (Tokyo subway map) You need to get off station KUDANSHITA then walk up the stairs on the kitanomaru Intl park garden which will be on your left side as you...More

Thank majeo
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Reviewed 10 April 2018

OK, let's admit it, the place is very controversial. There's a lot of history, and a lot of baggage, associated with it. But politics and controversy aside, it presents a certain point of view in a concise, easy-to-understand way. I neither condone nor criticize this...More

Thank fulgencio
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Reviewed 3 April 2018 via mobile

The most beautiful and serene sight of cherry blossoms will accompany you walk in towards the shrine. Gorgeous scents and sakura in pale or vivid pinks. Wonderful landscape surrounds the beautiful shrine.

Thank Denyse Wang 王
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Reviewed 31 March 2018 via mobile

Yasukuni shrine is a Shinto shrine and is more of a memorial dedicated to the Japanese martyrs of war. The shrine is of historical significance to the Japanese. Located close to the JR Ichigaya station / Tokyo metro Ichigaya station. There are many cherry blossom...More

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pchen0
8 May 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.
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Bernard02
2 July 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.
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John P
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.
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