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Yasukuni Shrine

3-1-1 Kudankita, Chiyoda 102-8246, Tokyo Prefecture
+81 3-3261-8326
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We visited as part of a tour group with a local guide. Our guide explained the history of the site... read more

Reviewed yesterday
John M
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Norwich, United Kingdom
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Shrine to honor war-deads

Your best way of transportation in Tokyo would be the subway, so get you a (Tokyo subway map) You... read more

Reviewed 1 week ago
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Miami, Florida
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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.
  • Excellent38%
  • Very good46%
  • Average14%
  • Poor1%
  • Terrible1%
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3-1-1 Kudankita, Chiyoda 102-8246, Tokyo Prefecture
Yotsuya, Iidabashi
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Reviewed yesterday 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 1 week ago 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 1 week ago

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 2 weeks ago 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.

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Reviewed 3 weeks ago 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

Thank Joy_Sinha
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Features massive metal torii gate and concentration of cherry blossoms.I like visiting shrines to collect the temple stamps, but without such a hobby, most shrines feel the same after awhile. Most shrines don't seem to have a well translated story to explain the significance to...More

Thank Michelle C
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Busted during Hanami which made it all the more beautiful and thought provoking. A controversial shrine which (depending on your viewpoint) should certainly be visited.

Thank WalkingPoint
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Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Very interesting from a histotical point of view, but of and new. We were there during the blossoming of the cherry trees, and it's a great place for those.

Thank Jacob L
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Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Went on a Saturday when the cherry blossoms were in full bloom, there were big crowds visiting the shrine. This is a beautiful place within the busy urban jungle of Tokyo.

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Reviewed 4 weeks ago

I did not stay long at the shrine. I just felt uncomfortable there. I was welcomed by those that work there warmly. Just a feeling.

Thank Michael P
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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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Bernard02
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.
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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.
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kaychan0113
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
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