Yasukini Jinga Shrine – Tokyo

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Yasukini Jinja Shrine

The Yasukini Jinja Shrine is a Shinto shrine that is somewhat controversial. The shrine was founded by Emporer Meiji and commemorates anyone who had died while in the service of Japan from 1869 – 1947. The controversy surrounds the listing 1,068 war criminals.

The shrine grounds cover an expansive area, and there are many interesting things to see, including a Memorial Fountain which is rather unique in design.

There is a self-guided tour available as well.

There are numerous monuments dedicated to different walks of life, as this is a shrine dedicated to the dead.

The Yasukini Jinja Shrine is “across the street” from the Nippon Budokan, Edo Castle, Imperial Palace, Three Palace Sanctuaries, Science Museum, and National Museum of Modern Art complex/Kitonamaru Park area.

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