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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 a quieter area of Tokyo but close to a train station to get anywhere you want to go. Hotel and rooms are extremely clean. A little on the small side but we didn't spend much time there so not an issue. The breakfast was included for us and was fantastic. Big selection of Japanese and Western ...
the location of this hotel quite near train station. surouding have a lot of restaurants. overall not bad..
Overall, the hotel is nice and clean except there is a lot of dust in the carpet and the location may be a bit far from the subway station.
The location is literally on top of the Hanzomon metro train station. Walk out the exit and you are there. The complimentary breakfast buffet was really excellent! Very clean and comfortable western style rooms.
The hotel was in an excellent location . Just off the main Shinjuku area . Easy walking distance to main shopping and attraction s . The staff were really helpful . The rooms were small but clean and perfect for the 3 days we stayed . The roof top bar was great value and the breakfast was ...
This hotel is located in Tokyo (Chiyoda), close to Yasukuni Shrine, Nippon Budokan, and Tokyo Dome. Also nearby are Tokyo Imperial Palace and Tokyo International Forum.