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Yasukuni Shrine

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Beautiful gardens

The shrine is controversial, but if you put that aside, it is well worth a visit. There is lots to... read more

Reviewed 8 November 2018
Bristol, United Kingdom
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Should be bucket list

The shrine is a good one to visit. It is historical, has a museum of war items, a nice garden with... read more

Reviewed 21 October 2018
Singapore, Singapore
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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.
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3-1-1 Kudankita, Chiyoda 102-8246, Tokyo Prefecture
Yotsuya, Iidabashi
+81 3-3261-8326
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Decided to visit this shrine as it is a little controversial given it honours Japanese war heros. I am pleased I went as I learned about Japanese history therefore lessons for the future. Came away with better understanding. Not as impressive as other shrines I...More

Date of experience: October 2018
Thank GrahamR888
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

This was my second visit to Yushukan which explains how Japanese Imperial Army fought for the country since Boshin War, the last domestic war between Togugawa's and Satsuma-Choshu allied force which later established Emperor's government.Different from the first visit, I took a 120 minutes course...More

Date of experience: November 2018
Thank Keizo
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

I am well aware that there are concerns about the fact that there may be WWII war criminals buried at this shrine and that it may glorify a more bellicose Japan. However, the shrine should be respected because it honours all of Japan's war dead,...More

Date of experience: November 2018
Thank Serge G
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

The museum is well presented and has many English descriptions of the exhibits This is a shrine to the military personnel who have died overseas in past conflicts. As such I fully understood before I came what was here and was aware of the controversy...More

Date of experience: November 2018
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Reviewed 8 November 2018 via mobile

The shrine is controversial, but if you put that aside, it is well worth a visit. There is lots to explore in the grounds, including a peaceful pond, sumo ring and various statues. Some renovation work ongoing but doesn’t detract from the place. There is...More

Date of experience: November 2018
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Reviewed 27 October 2018 via mobile

The shrine is located near Chiyoda so if you are going there also stop by here. It is quite beautiful and peaceful definitely worth a visit to enjoy its serenity.

Date of experience: October 2018
Thank drizztl
Reviewed 21 October 2018

The shrine is a good one to visit. It is historical, has a museum of war items, a nice garden with a large pond. They had a katana kata/forms/exercise demonstration that day using real katanas so it was an extra interesting morning. I think it...More

Date of experience: October 2018
Thank ymokkey
Reviewed 6 October 2018

We can learn a part of Japanese history. Also, we also learn Japanese culture, such as Japanese garden, tee ceremony house, etc. There is a standard tree of cherry blossom blooming. Audio guide is available. ここは日本の歴史を学べるし、日本文化:日本庭園、茶室、土俵などもある。 日本語と英語のオーデイオガイドがある。 東京の桜の開花を示す桜の標本木がある。

Date of experience: October 2018
Thank Nomad547685
Reviewed 28 September 2018

We visited the Yasukuni Shrine. It is set in a very peaceful and tranquil park. The Gardens are beautiful.

Date of experience: September 2018
Thank mkskupch
Reviewed 26 September 2018

Not that old, But it has its own history in previous japanese wars, great area to go, great parks, museum is asome

Date of experience: September 2018
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Yotsuya / Iidabashi
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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2 August 2018|
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Response from cinbkk | Reviewed this property |
I took photos everywhere except inside the shrine. It;s a place for serious workship and with a tragic history, so tourists should keep a low profile.
7 May 2018|
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Response from Ianfors8 | Reviewed this property |
I didn't see any list. Perhaps it is in a special place and not available to tourists.
2 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.