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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. A visit to Yasukuni Shrine represents just the start of the adventure when you use our Tokyo trip builder to plot your vacation.
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  • 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...  more »
  • 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 grou...  more »
  • 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 h...  more »
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  • 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)
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Absolutely stunning. We visited the shrine during the cherry blossom it was a splendid experience even though it was raining. Behind the main shrine there is a Japanese Garden that mustn't be missed!
  • The best war crime shrine in the world. You will find the most notorious murderers of last century lying inside. And people are coming and worshiping them! It is such an insane behavior that you could never find elsewhere. A good place to study Japanese's mindset and their sickness behavior though. P/S: People who are not from the allies should shut up, be gladful while you're enjoying the peaceful day we brought for you.