Yasukuni Shrine, Chiyoda

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Established by Emperor Meiji in 1869, Yasukuni Shrine honors those who sacrificed their lives serving the Empire of Japan. The Shinto shrine pays respect to about 2.5 million men, women, children, and pets that fell during or because of military activity. Those enshrined are considered deities and are worshipped equally regardless of their social standing or military rank. While there, seek out information about the shrine's controversies, including a fact that 1,068 of its enshrined souls are convicted war criminals. Put Yasukuni Shrine into our Tokyo trip builder app to see other points of interest to visit during your vacation in Tokyo.
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  • 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.  more »
  • It is a shrine of funny and international affairs peaceful atmosphere. It is surrounded by tall buildings, feel very shrine. From the main entrance to the temple long, have 2 taste restaurant, a souvenir shop near the temple. There are many who lunch have lunch in the square in the shrine many people during the week. Benches and restrooms. Also offers exhibits zero fighter, long-range artillery, and some facilities in the shrine which enshrines the remembrance defended the country. Also a number of souvenirs on the army are placed. Shrines to pray at the shrine, before heading to the battlefield, it's the thing about war that are dedicated and Memorial Shrine is mountains all over Japan.
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  • I read the Wiki page on Yasukuni Shrine before going and found that very useful; it covers the purpose, history, and contentious thinking about the Shrine and gives some idea of how deeply significant...  more »
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  • As beautiful as the shrine is, my only concern is to see so many nationalists praying here. I am a patriot that loves my country, like any other patriots in the world, but I am absolutely not a nationalist. And seeing so much of them are heartbreaking for me as I don't share the same ideology, but if you shade that away, the architecture is truly beautiful.
  • From a tourist's perspective, it is an underrated shrine. However, tourists should understand the history of it as this people who started the WWII was enshrined here. History shall not be forgotten and distorted but the place is definitely worth going as it is very decent shrine.
  • It was a great place to go see, plenty of history to learn some a tad sugar coated but other wise great. Very Foreigner friendly plenty of things in English and other languages. I was very pleased with the cafe and gift shops there and I'd say it's a must see if you're in Tokyo. Also don't forget to visit the shrine in the back.
  • It certainly was interesting getting the Japanese point of view on the aggression thatwas both delivered and received by them ever since it was forced to open its gate by the U.S. gun boats. The museum doesn't feature a lot of information in English, which can be a little frustrating. It does have a display of a Japanese "Zero" attack plane and a personal 1 seater submarine that was also used during the Kamikaze raids. It is too bad that the Japanese don't make peace with their history and try to learn from it. There is a definite truism to the claims made in the museum that Imperialist encroachment on Asia forced their hand, but discarding the war crimes comitted by Japanese soldiers in Burma and Korea (They are regarded in the museum as "The Korean Incident". Seriously.) made Yushukan feel more like propaganda than a museum. Too bad.
  • Right across the Imperial Palace on the Kitanomaru side is the Yasukuni Shrine. Yasukuni enshrined those who died in the wars following the Meiji Restoration all the way to World War 2. You can find the names of all those who died listed by name, date and place of death. Right at its doorstep stands the bronze status of Omura Masujiro, the Vice-Minister of War of Japan that was instrumental in modernising the Japanese army during the “Meiji Restoration”.  Yasukuni Shrine is also the site of controversy, as Japanese war criminals are among the millions enshrined here. The mere visit to the shrine by current Japanese leaders can set geopolitical tensions sky high. My visit here would not raise any blood for the moment, thankfully.

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