Sign in for a personalized experience.
Japan Guide Homepage
Travel
Living
Forum
Restaurants
Shopping
Jobs
Friends
Essentials
-
Sightseeing
-
Accommodation
-
Transportation
-
Restaurants
-
Shopping
-
Budget Travel
-
Questions

Home - Travel - Sightseeing Guide - Kanto - Tokyo - Central Tokyo
Yasukuni Shrine
# 28   of 73 most visited
sights in Tokyo

jump to:   access  -  admission  -  hotels  -  ratings  -  tours  -  links

Offering Hall (Haiden)

Yasukuni Shrine (_, 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.

Tokyo's representative cherry tree next to Yasukuni's noh stage

A political controversy surrounds Yasukuni Shrine because since 1978, fourteen class A war criminals are among the 2.5 million people enshrined at Yasukuni. Furthermore, the visits by several Japanese prime ministers and cabinet members to the shrine since 1975 have been causing concerns regarding a violation of the principle of separation of church and state.

Next to the shrine buildings stands the Yushukan, a museum that commemorates and documents Japan's wars from the perspective of the conservative right wing. Around the shrine grounds stand hundreds of cherry trees including Tokyo's representative cherry tree that is used by the meteorological agency to pronounce the official opening of the blossoms in the city.

Yushukan Museum

Any Questions? Ask them in our question forum.

How to get there
Yasukuni Shrine is located a short walk from Kudanshita Station on the Hanzomon, Tozai and Shinjuku Subway Lines.

From Tokyo Station
Take the Marunouchi Subway Line from Tokyo Station to Otemachi (1 minute) and then the Hanzomon Subway Line to Kudanshita Station (4 minutes). The one way fare is 170 yen.

From Shinjuku Station
Take the Shinjuku Subway Line directly from Shinjuku to Kudanshita Station. The one way trip takes 8 minutes and costs 210 yen.

Orientation in Tokyo

Hours and Fees
Yasukuni Shrine
Hours: 6:00 to 18:00 (to 19:00 from May to August; to 17:00 from November to February)
Closed:No closing days
Admission:Free

Yushukan Museum
Hours:9:00 to 16:30 (admission until 16:00)
Closed:A few irregular closure days in late June and late December
Admission:800 yen

Advertisement

Hotels and Ryokan
Tokyo offers the widest range of accommodation of any city in Japan.
Read more in our Tokyo Hotel Guide
Search Hotels
Sponsor Hotels
Sakura Hotel Hatagaya
2 minutes from Hatagaya station, convenient access to Shinjuku, Harajuku, Shibuya, and Akihabara. Cafe open 24 hours, Muslim friendly menu and Prayer room.
Sakura Hotel Ikebukuro
5 minutes walk to JR Ikebukuro station. Direct access to Shinjuku, Shibuya, Harajuku and Akihabara. Shared kitchen, Free Wi-Fi, Terrace cafe open 24 hours.
Recommended Hotels around Tokyo - with lowest rates by selected hotel reservation websites
Backpackers Hostel Ks House Tokyo
One of the most popular hostels in Tokyo.
Reserve through
Hostelworld
Hotel Century Southern Tower
The most conveniently located hotel in Shinjuku, just a few steps from the station entrance.
Reserve through
Japanican
Hotel Metropolitan Marunouchi
Adjacent to Tokyo Station, this is one of the city's most convenient and comfortable hotels.
Reserve through
Agoda or Booking
Hotel Sunroute Plaza Shinjuku
Just a few steps from Shinjuku Station, this hotel ranks among Tokyo's best values.
Reserve through
Agoda or Booking
Keio Plaza Hotel
One of Tokyo's most popular hotels and best values, a 5-10 minute walk from the station.
Reserve through
Agoda or Booking
Ritz Carlton Tokyo Hotel
Leading 5-star hotel on the top floors of Tokyo Midtown.
Reserve through
Agoda or Booking
Shangri-La Hotel
Adjacent to Tokyo Station, this is the city's most conveniently located 5-star hotel.
Reserve through
Agoda or Booking

Tours and Packages
Robots do battle at Tokyofs new nightlife venue!
gRobot Restauranth in Shinjuku offers robot shows like you've never seen! Check out the nightly shows and receive a 1000 discount or more when booking through Club Tourism.
Tokyo Tours
Various tours and travel packages for Tokyo and surroundings.

User Ratings
Ratings for Yasukuni Shrine:
japan-guide.com Rating:
  interesting  
User Rating (by 511 users):
78/100
  recommended

Best rated sights nationwide (out of 775):
449.  Kinpusenji Temple (Yoshino)   79/100
450.  Yamate and Motomachi (Yokohama)   78/100
451.  Hakone Tozan Railway (Hakone)   78/100
452.  Reihokan Museum (Mount Koya)   78/100
453.  Curb Market (Sapporo)   78/100
454.  Yasukuni Shrine (Tokyo)   78/100
455.  Kochi Castle (Kochi)   78/100
456.  Kagoshima Aquarium (Kagoshima)   78/100
457.  Zuihoden Mausoleum (Sendai)   78/100
458.  Mount Godaisan (Kochi)   78/100
Most visited sights nationwide (out of 907):
63.  Horyuji Temple (Nara)   1128
64.  Ghibli Museum (Tokyo)   1126
65.  Nishiki Market (Kyoto)   1114
66.  Kodaiji Temple (Kyoto)   1093
67.  Shiodome (Tokyo)   1080
68.  Yasukuni Shrine (Tokyo)   1062
69.  Kobe Harborland (Kobe)   1042
70.  Yebisu Garden Place (Tokyo)   1040
71.  Hasedera Temple (Kamakura)   1030
72.  Canal City (Fukuoka)   1028

User Feedback
We strive to keep japan-guide.com up-to-date and accurate, and are always looking for ways to improve the user experience. If you have any updates, suggestions, corrections or opinions, please let us know:

English Links
Yasukuni Shrine
Official English website.

Japanese Links
Yasukuni Shrine
Official website.
Yushukan Museum
Official website.

Online Reservations
Hotel
 
Car
 
Flight
 
Bus

(check-in)

Related Pages
Travel
Sightseeing
Kanto Region
Tokyo

Western Tokyo
Northern Tokyo
Southern Tokyo
Outlying Areas

Central Tokyo
Marunouchi
Ginza
Yurakucho
Nihonbashi
Kanda
Akihabara
Imperial Palace
Imperial East Gardens
Yasukuni Shrine
Tsukiji Market
Hama Rikyu
Tokyo Dome City
Koishikawa Korakuen
Tsukishima

Shinto
Shrine

Tokyo Hotel Guide

Tokyo: Orientation

News and Reports
June 19, 2014
Toranomon Hills opens in Tokyo
by raina
April 10, 2014
Tokyo Cherry Blossom Report
by raina
April 7, 2014
Tokyo Cherry Blossom Report
by scott
April 4, 2014
Tokyo Cherry Blossom Report
by scott
April 2, 2014
Tokyo Cherry Blossom Report
by scott
March 31, 2014
Tokyo Cherry Blossom Report
by raina
March 26, 2014
Tokyo Cherry Blossom Report
by raina
March 4, 2014
Early Tokyo Blossom Report
by raina
More reports...

Related Questions
Schedule of spring Festival at Yasukuni?
 1 reaction, last updated 225 days ago
Yasukuni Shrine Honozumo Sumo
 0 reactions, last updated 1571 days ago
Late night transport from Haneda
 2 reactions, last updated 38 hours ago
Sky Tree Sept Evening or Very Early...
 5 reactions, last updated 4 days ago
Observation deck near Sky Tree
 2 reactions, last updated 9 days ago
Where can i see firework and skytree...
 1 reaction, last updated 13 days ago
What is the best way to get to ikebukuro...
 3 reactions, last updated 18 days ago
Accidently Bought Wrong Disneyland...
 3 reactions, last updated 23 days ago
Sumida River Fireworks Festival
 3 reactions, last updated 25 days ago
How to get to Odaiba in a better way
 6 reactions, last updated 26 days ago
Best day to visit the Tsukiji Fish...
 10 reactions, last updated 27 days ago
Ueno royal museum
 2 reactions, last updated 29 days ago
Hanzomon station to Akihabara and Shibuya...
 9 reactions, last updated 34 days ago
Hamamatsucho Station to Hilton Tokyo Bay
 2 reactions, last updated 36 days ago
Narita to Tokyo Dome Hotel
 9 reactions, last updated 37 days ago
Ghibli musuem tickets in summer break?
 3 reactions, last updated 40 days ago
English/American Breakfasts in Shinjuku
 4 reactions, last updated 40 days ago
Shibuya Station to Narita Aiirport
 4 reactions, last updated 42 days ago
Narita to Haneda later in evening
 4 reactions, last updated 44 days ago
Robot Restaurant Age restriction?
 16 reactions, last updated 45 days ago

Travel
Living
Japan A-Z
Community
Sightseeing
Accommodation
Transportation
Shopping
Essentials
Regions
Prefectures
Cities
Working
Studying
Living Cost
Apartments
Arts and Crafts
Entertainment
History
Religion
Etiquette
Food
Language
Tradition
Question Forum
Classifieds
Trip Reports
Member Area
Sightseeing Guide
Hokkaido
Sapporo
Otaru
Hakodate
Noboribetsu
Niseko
Furano
Daisetsuzan
Shiretoko
more...
Tohoku
Sendai
Matsushima
Hiraizumi
Hachimantai
Hirosaki
Lake Towada
Dewa Sanzan
Aizu
more...
Kanto
Tokyo
Yokohama
Kamakura
Hakone
Nikko
Kawagoe
Kusatsu
Narita
more...
Chubu
Nagoya
Mount Fuji
Izu Peninsula
Matsumoto
Kiso Valley
Takayama
Shirakawa-go
Kanazawa
more...
Kansai
Kyoto
Osaka
Nara
Kobe
Himeji
Mount Koya
Kumano
Ise Shima
more...
Chugoku
Hiroshima
Miyajima
Okayama
Kurashiki
Tottori
Matsue
Iwakuni
Hagi
more...
Shikoku
Takamatsu
Kotohira
Naoshima
Matsuyama
Kochi
Tokushima
Naruto
Iya Valley
more...
Kyushu
Fukuoka
Nagasaki
Kumamoto
Mount Aso
Beppu
Kagoshima
Kirishima
Yakushima
more...
Okinawa
Honto
Kume
Miyako
Yaeyama
Copyright © 1996-2014 japan-guide.com All rights reserved - Last Page Update: May 28, 2013
home - site map - privacy policy - terms of use - contact - employment - Lɂ‚ - advertising