Yasukuni Shrine was built in Kudan in 1869. At that time it was called Tokyo Shokonsha Shrine. Since the Meiji Restoration, more than 2.66 million war deads who have lost their fight for their country have been enshrined. There are 500 cherry blossom trees and beautiful Shinike Gardens of walking style, etc. located on extensive grounds. At the moment you enter one step into the green forest, you will be surrounded by the quietness that you forget to be in the middle of the city.
After walking a little from Kudanshita station, you will see the Otorii (the first Torii) rising in the office town. Immediately after passing through the torii, rising in the front is said to be “the father of the Japanese Army” and is a statue of Mr. Masujiro Omura who contributed to the construction of Tokyo Shokonsha Shrine. A remembrance of Omura’s accomplishment and completed in 1893, this bronze statue is a huge one with a height of 12 meters. It became a new sight at that time as Japan’s first Western style statue.
After passing through the second torii, passing through the shrine gate with the crest of the shining chrysanthemum, it is the hall of worshipers in front of you. The visitors usually offer prayers here. In the back of this hall, there is the main hall connected by the corridor. Between the end of Edo period and the end of the Pacific War, the spirits who lost their lives in the war etc are enshrined here. In case you want to visit the main shrine (formal worship), reception is necessary. Anyone can visit in the main shrine by dedicating “Tamagushi-ryo” (shrine fee). Curated beauty that skilfully adopted entertains the eyes, it is the main building of linear architectural beauty against the hall of worship.
The time when the Yasukuni Shrine is full of people is probably around the time of the “Cherry Tree Festival” where 500 cherry trees in the precincts inform the announcement of the blooming spring. The expression of a quiet approach will change completely.
Yasukuni Shrine Noh theater which has a tradition of 120 years or so and is said to be the oldest in Tokyo. On this historic Noh stage, you can appreciate Noh music while watching the cherry at evening “Yozakura Noh”. Burning bonfire around the stage and performing in a fantastic atmosphere is called “Takigi Noh” and it is one of the summer traditions.
It is a Yasukuni Shrine where festivals are held every season, but it is also recommended to visit a quiet Japanese Yasukuni Shrine. In the precincts there are stone monuments and statues showing the history of Yasukuni. Looking for these monuments while walking around, it will be time to follow the modern times in Japan.
|Address:||Kudankita 3-1-1 Chiyoda-ku, Tokyo 102-0073 Japan|
|Access:||Tokyo Metro Hanzomon-sen “Kudanshita-eki Station” (5 minutes walk)|