Yasukuni Shrine

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Yasukuni Shrine (Yasukuni Jinja), located in Chiyoda City, Tokyo, was established in 1869 by Emperor Meiji to commemorate and honor those who gave their lives for their country during war time. Today, the shrine is dedicated to nearly 2.5 million souls from a number of conflicts, including the Boshin War, the Seinan War, World War I, the Manchurian Incident, the China Incident, and World War II. Men, women, and children who supported Japan in roles such as, but not limited to, soldiers, factory workers, and civil service workers are worshipped equally regardless of rank, social status, or gender. The shrine solemnly recognizes the names, origins, birth dates, and places of death of these individuals by listing their information on-site. The shrine stands as a solemn reminder of the effects of war with an atmosphere of both respect and tragedy. Though in recent years, Yasukuni has become one of Japan’s most controversial shrines.

Overview

Address

3 Chome-1-1 Kudankita, Chiyoda City, Tokyo 102-8246 (Map) (Directions)

Hours

6:00 - 18:00 Closed now

Opening Hours

Monday 6:00 - 18:00
Tuesday 6:00 - 18:00
Wednesday 6:00 - 18:00
Thursday 6:00 - 18:00
Friday 6:00 - 18:00
Saturday 6:00 - 18:00
Sunday 6:00 - 18:00
Holidays Closed

Phone Number

03-3261-8326

Website

yasukuni.or.jp

General Amenities

  • Prayer rooms
  • Restroom
  • Information Counter

Accessibility

  • Barrier-free access

Access

Five minute walk from Kudanshita Station, or ten minute walk from Ichigaya and Iidabashi stations.

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