Yasukuni Shrine

Attraction 3-1-1 Kudan-kita, Chiyoda, Tokyo Prefecture 102-8246, Japan Published on: 26-02-2016

2 hours
06:00 AM - 06:00 PM
03:00 PM
05:00 PM
First-time visit
Must see
Temple & Monument
0.00 USD

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Yasukuni Shrine (靖国神社, Yasukuni Jinja) is a Shinto shrine in central Tokyo that commemorates Japan's war dead. The shrine was founded in 1869 with the purpose of enshrining those who have died in war for their country.

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Why Yasukuni Shrine is special ?

Yasukuni Shrine (靖国神社, Yasukuni Jinja) is a Shinto shrine in central Tokyo that commemorates Japan's war dead. The shrine was founded in 1869 with the purpose of enshrining those who have died in war for their country and sacrificed their lives to help build the foundation for a peaceful Japan. The spirits of about 2.5 million people, who died for Japan in the conflicts accompanying the Meiji Restoration, in the Satsuma Rebellion, the First Sino-Japanese War, the Russo-Japanese War, the First World War, the Manchurian Incident, the Second Sino-Japanese War and the Pacific War, are enshrined at Yasukuni Shrine in form of written records, which note name, origin and date and place of death of everyone enshrined.

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What to explore at Yasukuni Shrine?

First of all this place is controversial - that makes it extra interesting to visit!

When you visit the museum - try to see the difference in how historical events are interpreted as interesting cultural differences (wars started by Japan are rarely - if ever - called wars, they are incidents...). The museum tries to explain why things ended up the way it did...and it does it fairly well, if you find that story reasonable or not is another story.

Coming there in spring during a sumo event, you will see the beauty of hanami and the sumo show. It is absolutely worth the visit. You approach the main shrine walking through raining petals of cherry blossoms and close to the main pagoda. You will find the sumo ring with many amateur wrestlers performing the mesmerizing movements of sumo ritual

Selling points

  • Wishes for preserving peace of the nation
  • Major rituals in the spring and autumn
  • Where honor the national heros
  • A central institution
  • Commemorating those who died in wars.
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3-1-1 Kudan-kita, Chiyoda, Tokyo Prefecture 102-8246, Japan

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Tips for you

  • There are some wooden chairs where you can sit and enjoy your time.
  • There is a little eatery just before the entrance where they sell very good ramen and Japanese pancakes
  • You're not allowed to take selfies with the main temple building.
  • You should show a respect attitude and do not laugh out loud If you come with kids, please tell them don not make noise.
  • You should not come in the summer, because there's not much shade and it's really hot.
  • If you go on Sundays you are likely to encounter the favorite Shrine sale- a flea market of all kinds of things. On a Friday morning the Yasukini was much less crowded. Spring is the best time to visit temple because it is Sakura season.
  • There is a great pond stocked with large koi
  • Beware of the vicious mosquitoes while you are enjoying feeding the koi.
  • The garden around the temple is very beautiful with many cherry trees


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This was a beautiful shrine with an excellent museum attached that has been overshadowed by calls of controversy. We both found it really interesting and had we had the time would have loved to explore the museum fully. As it was we only got the time to visit the free part in the atrium but this in itself was very informative and had plenty of content. It was a breath of fresh air to see the war as it was fought from the other side and it is a shame that a few cases have detracted from what is a brilliant and moving tribute to the bravery and heroism of those who fought on behalf of their country throughout history.

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