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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  • October 3, 2017
    This is a big shrine with a museum. You can pray for people sacrificed their life at wars, and you can learn about the history. At the same time, you should know some controversy is here. Some people ...  more »
  • October 3, 2017
    To go, but I went to the omiyamairi season has been held every year, but many tourists are basically no stalls to buy somewhere to drink somewhere after the Festival. Luckily Jimbo-Cho nearby within walking distance so there are a lot of taverns is useful.
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  • October 2, 2017
    Tidak bisa berhenti terkagum-kagum sejak masuk ke komplek Kuil ini. Jalan pelan-pelan sambil cari angle supaya bisa foto Torii yang gede banget. Yasukuni jinja bagus dikunjungi segala macam musim. har...  more »
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  • July 9, 2017
    Legendary place, famous Japanese war commanders lay here. There is no "criminals", they were defending their country and people, true Japan. Let them rest in peace.
  • June 29, 2017
    Beautiful and serene shrine. Not allowed in the main sanctuary unless you are a worshiper. Walk around the back also, to see the sacred pond gardens and other memorial statues. Must visit the Yushukan museum JPY800 for an adult and cheaper tickets for students.
  • March 16, 2017
    Since the average at the time I view this place on google maps is 3.8, I will rate it 4 to try to keep the rating as it is now. It does not reflect my personal opinion on this. I'm not a Japanese nor from the former "Allied countries". What the war criminals did is definitely wrong, but does it mean that the souls cannot be redeemed? Many soldiers died for their country and I believe there was conscription at that time. I don't think everyone who worships at this shrine is a fanatic patriot, instead many of them are there to remember the dead. You can try the war criminals, but when a human is dead he is the same as other dead people. If every baby is born with a unspoilt heart, why isn't the dead pure? What we can draw from WW2 is that eternal lesson that keeps on happening, all over the world : Peace. All you need is love. Justice often gives way to primal hormones if we just blame others. Why don't we just show love to everyone involved in past wars and people suffering from current wars, that may be happening now in the middle-east, or is on the internet. We can all actively change to world for a more peaceful one. (请问大家都是怎么翻墙的?可以告诉我吗?真心想知道,不尽感激)
  • April 5, 2017
    Very beautiful and very peaceful shrine, especially during "sakura" season. I wouldn't go into the controversies from the past. If you are a tourist you should visit this shrine and also the Museum. It is interesting. Also, periodically there are festivals where you can try different Japanese street foods.
  • April 27, 2017
    Easy for many to judge others. Yet nobody judges the atrocity of President Truman who signed off on Atomic bomb on cities with minimal military value which housed nothing more than civilians. Women and children, killed. War is written by victors. But just remember one thing, All life is precious.

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