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Yasukuni Shrine

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A powerful experience

After visiting Senso-ji in Asakusa, I was immediately struck by the contrast at Yasukuni. Here, the... read more

Reviewed 1 week ago
Beautiful shrine and interesting museum of the history of Japan

As an American, the museum had an interesting interpretation of Japanese history since it is told... read more

Reviewed 2 weeks ago
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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 Kudankita, Chiyoda 102-8246, Tokyo Prefecture
Yotsuya, Iidabashi
+81 3-3261-8326
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Reviewed 4 days ago via mobile

...and I know the place is controversial to some people. Monumental statues and displays greet you prior to entering the shrine itself. The grounds and buildings are well maintained, and you can see many Japanese people paying their respects and giving prayers. There is a...More

Date of experience: February 2019
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Reviewed 1 week ago

After visiting Senso-ji in Asakusa, I was immediately struck by the contrast at Yasukuni. Here, the atmosphere is heavier and much more solemn, which is understandable considering that Yasukuni is a shrine dedicated to war casualties. Then again, it might have been the relative emptiness...More

Date of experience: January 2019
Thank Antoniorir
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

As an American, the museum had an interesting interpretation of Japanese history since it is told from the Japanese point of view. Hard to tell is the Japanese version or the American version is correct. Witnessed some locals praying at the temple outside as well.

Date of experience: January 2019
Thank ms971
Reviewed 1 January 2019

I visited the shrine early as I wanted to see it without lots of people. The sometimes controversial shrine gives you its origins and other historical information. The museum part of the shrine was closed when I was there in late December. Good one if...More

Date of experience: December 2018
Thank davehoppy
Reviewed 31 December 2018 via mobile

The museum portion of the shrine is, in my opinion, a must see. They have plenty of WWII artifacts, models, aircraft, artillery pieces, a tank, and plenty of naval artifacts. If you're a military history fan, it's a place you'll want to see. Of course,...More

Date of experience: September 2018
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Reviewed 28 December 2018

The Yasukuni Shrine and the Yushukan Museum on its grounds are fundamental pillars of Japanese culture and history. While too many reviews take a stand with more or less pertinent knowledge of the facts, any history buff and humble amateur of Japanese culture and history...More

Date of experience: December 2018
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Reviewed 26 December 2018

I am aware that this shrine is the subject of controversy but I went anyway to satisfy my curiosity. As a visitor attraction it is rather boring: like most shrines, all you can do is stand at the front of the main building and try...More

Date of experience: June 2018
Thank geographyguy_11
Reviewed 21 December 2018

Lovely, despite its controversy, as Japanese convicted war criminals are buried here. Pairs well with a visit to the Budokan and the adjoining garden.

Date of experience: December 2018
Thank warrenD190
Reviewed 1 December 2018

Decided to visit this shrine as it is a little controversial given it honours Japanese war heros. I am pleased I went as I learned about Japanese history therefore lessons for the future. Came away with better understanding. Not as impressive as other shrines I...More

Date of experience: October 2018
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Reviewed 20 November 2018

This was my second visit to Yushukan which explains how Japanese Imperial Army fought for the country since Boshin War, the last domestic war between Togugawa's and Satsuma-Choshu allied force which later established Emperor's government.Different from the first visit, I took a 120 minutes course...More

Date of experience: November 2018
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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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2 August 2018|
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Response from cinbkk | Reviewed this property |
I took photos everywhere except inside the shrine. It;s a place for serious workship and with a tragic history, so tourists should keep a low profile.
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.
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.