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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
06:00 - 18:00
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Sun - Sat 06:00 - 18:00

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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Black shrine

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 yesterday NEW 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 2 days ago NEW

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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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

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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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

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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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

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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Singapore, Singapore
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2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 27 November 2016 via mobile

Just an old building... complete waste of time.. only thing is if you walk to this place... you get some steps... good for health

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 25 November 2016

I went here solely to see the war museum but of course I checked the shrine too (which was nice too). The museum is laid on 2 floors full full of history, artifacts ( some planes, small arms etc, swords) and unique pictures all about the mighty imperial japan force and before. I have seen senior Japanese with tears in... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 21 November 2016 via mobile

Had a wonderful evening at the festival . Although it was very crowded ,one could feel the excitement of the taiko drums and bon dancing … a must go if you're in the area during August. Check out the dates to be sure.

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 19 November 2016

Nice for a stroll, see history, enjoy the beautiful tree and shrine in an easy to access area surrounded by good restaurants.

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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 15 November 2016

This shrine is in Akasaka next to the Hilton Hotel. It is a fully functional shrine and not just a tourist stop. It is a basic structure, quite common in Japan but agood example if you are curious. It is close to the subway lines and not too far from the Ginza.

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