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Yasukuni Jinja 靖国神社 Shrines / Iidabashi

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Yasukuni shrine enshrines the souls of the nearly 2.5 million people died in battle between the Bakumatsu period (1850-1860) and WWII. This includes more than 1000 convicted war criminals, and the fact that Japanese politicians continue to visit the shrine causes considerable friction with Japan's Asian neighbors.

Yasukuni is also famous for its cherry blossoms, and Kitanomaru Koen and the Imperial Palace are within walking distance, making this a popular addition to tour itineraries.

Categories Shrines
Nearest Station Ichigaya, Kudanshita
Address 3-1-1 Kudan-kita, Chiyoda-ku, Tokyo
Telephone 03-3261-8326
Home Page http://www.yasukuni.or.jp (Available in English)
Business Hours 6:00am-5:00pm

5 Reviews for Yasukuni Jinja


Gabriela
  • Yasukuni Jinja
  • (2009-05-04)
  • This was an absolutely beautiful shrine. What is of course, most interesting, is the political turmoil that surrounds it. It is a memorial to those who died in war, and it also includes convicted war criminals. Come on a holiday to observe the people who go--you see families, protesters, and also those in military garb paying their respects. It is a very interesting experience overall, and great f... Read More

studebaker
  • Yasukuni Jinja
  • (2008-11-30)
  • The best times to visit this shrine are for the cherry blossoms (at the end of march and beginning of april) and on August 15th. War vets put on their old uniforms to pray for the souls of the Japanese who died in war. Yakuza come to pay their respects, right wingers try to attach left wingers who come in protest, and the riot police comes to keep everything in order. If you want a taste of the... Read More

Arti383
  • Local's Paradise
  • (2008-07-26)
  • I came here on an early Friday evening and noticed some crowds--some tourists and some locals enjoying the grounds. The architecture here is beautiful, and it's labeled well for tourists. For example, most statues have English descriptions as well as Japanese. I learned that, despite all of the media, Yasakuni Jinja gives equal recognition to war dead from before World War II, and even honors hors... Read More

Lissa
  • Yasukuni Jinja
  • (2008-06-05)
  • I really think Yasukuni Shrine is sometimes a little under-rated and left out of tourist plans. I think Yasukuni might actually be more interesting to visit compared to Meiji Jingu. First of all, there are hardly any crowds and you can actually really appreciate and enjoy the shrine. Additionally, Yasukuni Shrine has constantly changing ikebana (flower arrangement) on display in the back left h... Read More

Peter
  • Yasukuni Jinja
  • (2007-06-06)
  • Yasukuni is a Shinto shrine that honors Japan's war dead. On its official list are over 2 million soldiers and other who served and/or died for the Emperor, among which are 14 World War II Class A war criminals. Prime Minister Junichiro Koizumi made frequent pilgrimages to this downtown Tokyo shrine while in office, inciting international furor over the implicit honoring of men responsible for hum... Read More
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