The shrine is located in Kudan-kita, Chiyoda-ku, northwest side of the Imperial Palace and basically enshrines mainly military personnel in the wars that Japan faced.

The deities are mainly the more than 2,460,000 military personnel who have been lost in past wars. It is a place that should be visited with the understanding that many people have died, and that there are many more victims of war.

The deity’s virtues include domestic safety, national security, and world peace.

Yasukuni Shrine Chiyoda Tokyo
Yasukuni Shrine Chiyoda Tokyo

During Hatsumode (New Year’s visit to the shrine), a Wakamizu Bokusai (offering of young water) and a New Year’s ceremony are held, and visitors are offered Fumai-shu (free-flowing sake) and Amazake (sweetened sake). About 260,000 worshippers visit the shrine.

It is about a 5-minute walk from Kudanshita Subway Station, and about a 10-minute walk from both Iidabashi and Ichigaya Stations of the JR Line.

There are about 150 parking spaces available, but it gets crowded during Hatsumode (New Year’s holidays), so public transportation is recommended.



Park Name Yasukuni Shrine
Park Address 3-1-1 Kudan-kita, Chiyoda-ku, Tokyo
Access (by train)
  • Subway Tozai Line/Shinjuku Line/Hanzomon Kudanshita Station approx. 0.6 km *Bus (Toei Bus) available
  • Subway Shinjuku Line/Yurakucho Line/Nanboku Line Ichigaya Station about 1.0 km *Bus (Toei Bus) is available.
  • JR Chuo Main Line Iidabashi station about 1.0 km
  • JR Chuo Main Line Ichigaya Station About 1.0 km *Bus (Toei Bus) is available.
Access (by car)
Yasukuni Shrine Worship Hall (built in 1901) Yasukuni Shrine Worship Hall Precincts of Yasukuni Shrine
Yasukuni Shrine Central Gate Torii Second Torii and Shinmon Gate Approach to Yasukuni Shrine

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