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Yasukuni Shrine

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Yotsuya / Iidabashi
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Address: 3-1-1 Kudan-kita, Chiyoda 102-8246, Tokyo Prefecture
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+81 3-3261-8326
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06:00 - 18:00
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Sun - Sat 06:00 - 18:00
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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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Memorial facility

This shrine is specially meant to memorise war lost soldiers dedicated thier lives to the country. Special care is needed. At the cherry season, scenery is marvelous.

4 of 5 bubblesReviewed 1 week ago
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Nagoya, Japan
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Nagoya, Japan
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13 reviews
7 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

This shrine is specially meant to memorise war lost soldiers dedicated thier lives to the country. Special care is needed. At the cherry season, scenery is marvelous.

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San Juan Capistrano, California
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

The area of the museum dealing with the occupation of Nanking, China is quite unbelievable. The articles refer to Japan as the liberators of the Chinese and how the Imperial Army restored peace and prosperity to that part of the world. My lady who hails from Hong Kong and me (eastern European) were both astonished as to the interpretation of... More 

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Jakarta, Indonesia
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17 reviews
5 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

A great place for history lover and museum goer. The shrine itself is like any other shines in Japan. Very elegantly build in thick woods. The main attraction is the war heroes museum. They have statues to honor soldiers to war widows and even horses and dogs that were killed during the war. They told the story of Japanese war... More 

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Hong Kong, China
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Outwardly there was nothing very special about the Yasukuni Shrine; of course we knew all the controversy it as a symbol of unabashed Japanese nationalism and militarism. That much was clear when I visited the war museum and spent some time studying the exhibits. While I might not agree with what was said (not necessarily with the information provided but... More 

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Highland, Utah
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 weeks ago via mobile

I'm a red blooded American proud and fierce. I have grandparents that served in the pacific theater. This place is the Arlington equivalent to Japan. So to visit this place was an honor. The museum is well worth the money and gives a great deal of insight to the reasons why Japan went to war. Tributes letters and photos adorn... More 

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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 18 January 2017 via mobile

We really like the black and golden color of this Shrine dedicated to war heroes. Very easy to find, go straight under the tori at the entrance.

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 17 January 2017

This shrine is awfully controversial. So, I mention two places, one is a Japanese garden at the back of shrine, another is a rest station with free barley tea at the side.

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Jakarta, Jakarta Raya, Indonesia
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 10 January 2017

Though its still controversies but I felt the aura of warriors and commemorates those who died in service of the defending the Empire. Yūshūkan museum on the right side of the shrine, is a good place to visit to see real Mitsubishi zero A6M fighter plane, Statue of Kamikaze Pilot have an aura of fallen warriors.

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Bangkok, Thailand
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 January 2017

Seem people just here for respecting the shrine and walking through the area, quiet and very beautiful in front of the gate, there is the way to get in. Huge and Peaceful, also make a memorial photo yourself. There is a museum in the area too.

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Virginia Beach, Virginia
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 January 2017

I spent 5 hours at war museum and shrine with my teenaged twins on the new year day of 2017. We were intrigued by every details of the artifacts. While one could argue about the accuracy and completeness of the artifacts, what was most intriguing was the insight gained into the Japanese belief system, the glorification of their war heroes... More 

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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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