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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 5 days ago

The Yasukuni Shrine, located more or less in downtown Tokyo is very impressive. It shows the dedication to detail which is very present in the Japanese culture and very impressive!

Thank Ryan G
Reviewed 1 week ago

Very busy as the local school children were there for the end of year trips. Pretty walk to get to it. I think I may have seen too many shrines as they all start to look alike!

Thank Lisa P
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

A very impressive place to visit, the walk up through the large Torii Gate is memorable, especially if they have photos of the shrine through the years nearby. The main shrine itself is enormous and very moving

Thank Luke W
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

The annual (July) lantern festival in Yasukuni Shrine was one of my many reasons for visiting Tokyo last year (in time of my birthday). They were supposed to fly paper lanterns in the nearby river but it got cancelled for an imminent rainfall. Instead they...More

Thank Hethler
Reviewed 4 weeks 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 18 June 2017 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 14 June 2017 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 14 June 2017

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 12 June 2017 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 22 May 2017

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
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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1 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.
John P
22 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.
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