Yasukuni Shrine, located in Chiyoda City, Tokyo, is one of the most famous shrines in Japan, founded in 1869 by the order of Emperor Meiji.

Cherry tree at Yaukuni Shrine

There are about 500 cherry trees in the grounds of Yasukuni Shrine, making it one of the most famous cherry blossom viewing spots in Tokyo.
There is also Chidorigafuchi Moat, which is also famous for cherry blossom viewing spot near Yasukuni Shrine.
A sample tree, which is used as a standard for the annual declaration of the blooming of cherry trees in Tokyo, is located in the precincts of Yasukuni Shrine.

Sample cherry tree at Yasukuni Shrine
Sample tree at Yasukuni Shrine

The shrine is also known for the “Mitama Festival” held from July 13 to 16, when as many as 30,000 lanterns are displayed, attracting many people as a summer tradition in Tokyo.

Yasukuni Shrine Daiichi Torii Gate
Daiichi Torii Gate is 25meters (82feet) high

At the grounds of the Yasukuni Shrine, there is a large Daiichi Torii Gate(First Shinto Shrine Arch), the Daini Torii Gate(Second Shinto Shrine Arch), which is the largest bronze torii gate in Japan, a Main Hall, a circular garden, and many other attractions.
There is also a museum (for a fee), a gift shop where you can buy souvenirs with cherry blossom motifs, and two cafes.

Yasukuni Shrine Sacred Pond Garden
Sacred Pond Garden (circular garden)

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Origins and Philosophy of Yasukuni Shrine

Yasukuni Shrine Main Hall
Main Hall of Yasukuni Shrine

The origin of Yasukuni Shrine can be found in “Shokonsha”, which was built in 1869.
Japan was in the midst of the Meiji Restoration when the Boshin War, the largest civil war in modern history, broke out and many lives were lost.

Therefore, by order of the Emperor Meiji, “Shokonsha” was built to commemorate the spirits of those who died in the service of the country and to pass down their achievements to future generations.
Later, in 1879, the name was changed to “Yasukuni Shrine” by Emperor Meiji. The name “Yasukuni” is associated with the wish to “Preserve peace for the entire nation”.

With this background, the souls of 2.5 million people who sacrificed their lives for the country during the Boshin War and subsequent wars are enshrined as the deities of Yasukuni Shrine, without distinction as to rank, merit, or gender.

Yasukuni Shrine Cherry-Blossom Ceramic Tile Tokyo
There are 47(the number of prefectures in Japan) Cherry-Blossom Ceramic Tiles in the Outer Garden

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Yasukuni Shrine (靖国神社)


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3 Chome-1-1 Kudankita, Chiyoda City, Tokyo 102-8246


5 minute walk from Kudanshita Station.
11 minute walk from Ichigaya Station.
14 minute walk from Iidabashi Station.


(Tokyo Metro) Kudanshita Station
Hanzomon Line, Tozai Line

(Toei Transportation) Kudanshita Station
Shinjuku Line

(JR) Ichigaya Station
Chuo-Sobu Line

(Tokyo Metro) Ichigaya Station
Yurakucho Line, Namboku Line

(JR) Iidabashi Station
Chuo-Sobu Line

(Tokyo Metro) Iidabashi Station
Yurakucho Line, Tozai Line, Namboku Line