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In contrast to the modernity of Tokyo’s towering skyscrapers and fast trains, Yasukuni Shrine reveals some of Tokyo’s past. It was built in 1869 to commemorate those who died for the empire. According to Shinto religious practice, the shrine holds their spirits for eternity. Enjoy this peaceful location while reflecting on the country’s times of war and hopes for preservation of peace.
Yasukuni Shrine was initiated by Emperor Meiji to honor those who supported the Empire of Japan in forcing the shoguns out of power during the Meiji Restoration. Since then, participants in other conflicts, including Sino-Japanese and Russo-Japanese wars and World War II, have been added. Names, birthplace, and date and place of death are recorded for nearly 2.5 million people. The shrine honors not only military personnel, but also service workers who died during the conflict while supporting Japan and, controversially, a few declared war criminals.
Japan’s perspective on its military record is revealed with relics from many wars in the Yushukan military museum on the grounds of the shrine. While some find the presentation overly patriotic, it is fascinating to those who enjoy learning about military history.
The shrine celebrates special festivals nearly a dozen times each year. The grounds are particularly beautiful with spring blossoms and autumn leaves. Each spring, Tokyo residents and visitors plan their cherry blossom activities across the city based on happenings at the shrine. One tree on the grounds has been identified as the representative sample, which indicates the opening of the season’s first cherry blossoms, a highly awaited notification.
Yushukan museum is open daily, but closes for a few days in late June and December. There is a small entrance fee. The shrine is in central Tokyo, a five-minute walk from Kudanshita subway station and 10 minutes from Ichigaya subway and rail station. It’s also served by bus at the Kudanue stop.
Located in Chiyoda, this hotel is within a 15-minute walk of Koishikawa Botanical Garden and Tokyo Dome. Imperial Palace Garden and Yasukuni Shrine are also within 1 mi (2 km). Suidobashi Station and Tokyo Suidobashi Station are within a 5-minute walk.
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Located in Chiyoda, this hotel is within a 15-minute walk of Nippon Budokan, Tokyo Dome, and Yasukuni Shrine. Tokyo Imperial Palace and Ueno Park are also within 2 mi (3 km). Kudanshita Station is 7 minutes by foot and Tokyo Iidabashi Station is 8 minutes.
Located in Chiyoda, this hotel is within a 15-minute walk of Yasukuni Shrine and Nippon Budokan. Tokyo Imperial Palace and Tokyo Dome are also within 2 mi (3 km). Hanzomon Station is only a 2-minute walk and Kojimachi Station is 9 minutes.
Located in Chiyoda, this hotel is within a 15-minute walk of Tokyo Dome, Yasukuni Shrine, and Nippon Budokan. Tokyo Imperial Palace and Tokyo Tower are also within 6 mi (10 km). Tokyo Iidabashi Station is only a 4-minute walk and Iidabashi Station is 7 minutes.
This hotel is located in Tokyo (Chiyoda), close to Tokyo Dome, Tokyo Imperial Palace, and Ueno Park. Area attractions also include Tokyo Tower and Shibuya Crossing.
Located in Chiyoda, this hotel is within a 15-minute walk of Yasukuni Shrine, Nippon Budokan, and Kitanomaru Park. Tokyo Dome and La Qua Tokyo Dome City are also within 1 mi (2 km). Kudanshita Station is 5 minutes by foot and Jimbocho Station is 10 minutes.
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