Yasukuni Shrine and Yushukan war museum (靖国神社 Yasukuni Jinja)

The Yasukuni Shrine is well known as the shrine commemorating individuals that have died in service to Japan including World War II war criminals. That explains all the complaints from Chinese and Korean governments when Japanese politicians visit the shrine. I was well aware of the controversies surrounding the shrine before visiting it, and I admit those controversies were part of why I got interested.

Yasukuni Shrine is a beautiful shrine that I strongly recommend visiting. It didn’t bother me at all that it is the resting place of souls of people who died in the world war, even if my country and Japan were being enemies at the time. I suppose I wouldn’t be writing this blog if such part of history was bothering me anyway! Just north of Yasukuni is the Yushukan, the Japanese military and war museum. Some exhibition pieces are located in the entrance of the museum where you are allowed to take photos. Among them is a really cool WW2 fighter plane. This is in my opinion one of the nice spiritual sanctuaries in Tokyo with Sensoji temple and Meiji Jingu shrine.

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Country: Japan
Area : Kanto area
Prefecture : Tōkyō-to
City : Chiyoda-ku
District : Kudanminami
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Since my better half is Japanese I often have the chance to travel to Japan. I grew fond over time of this magnificent country. I thought of sharing with you some places worth visiting in this little but growing travel guide to Japan. I try to show with images what I can't express with words. I hope you may find here some inspiration! For those who wonder, I chose the moniker Gaijin-San after being called like this by a waitress at a grilled eel restaurant. "Gaijin" means foreigner and "San" is a honorific suffix in Japanese.

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