Yasukuni Shrine "Mitama Matsuri"

Sightseeing information about Yasukuni Shrine "Mitama Matsuri" in Japan.


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 from 7/13 '19 to 7/16 '19

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During the Mitama Matsuri period, the Yasukuni Shrine premises is wrapped in a golden light of Kento (votive lantern in a shrine), about 10,000 large lanterns alongside the outer garden approach to Yasukuni Shrine and about 20,000 small lanterns in the inner garden.
It is exciting as a festival, but lanterns are wonderful and attractive enough to be called a festival of light. The Yasukuni Shrine entrance wrapped in light is fantastic and very beautiful.
In addition, for 4 days, presentation events such as mikoshifuri (shaking a portable shrine), Aomori Nebuta, Kappore (traditional Japanese comic dance) and Bon dancing are performed.

Many visitors come to visit every year, where there are many night stalls and booths lining up such as "Show tent" and "Haunted house".
At this period there are about 50 stalls are scheduled to open around the Oomura Masujirou Statue at the outer gardens.

◎ July 13th (Fri) · Major event of the eve festival
11: 30 Edo performance Kappore (traditional Japanese comic dance)
18:00 Mitama Matsuri Eve Festival (Main Hall, participation possible)
18: 30 Bon dance
18: 40 Senshu Wind Ochestra Wind-instrument Music Parade
19: 00 Japanese drum presentation

◎ July 14th (Sat) · Main events of the First Night Festival
18:00 Mitama Matsuri 1st Night Festival (Main Hall, available for participation)
18: 30 Bon dance
19: 00 Singing performance presentation

◎ July 15th (Sun) · Main event of the Second Night Festival
15: 30 Edo performance Kappore
18:00 Mitama Matsuri 2nd Night Festival (Main Hall · Available)
18: 30 Bon dance
19: 00 Tsunoda☆Hiro Special outdoor concert presentation

◎ July 16th (Mon / National Holiday) · Main event of Third Night Festival
18: 00 Mitama Matsuri 3rd Night Festival (Main Hall · Available)
18: 30 Bon dance
In addition, various dedication arts will be held at Yasukuni Shrine premises during the Mitama Matsuri period.

Name: The 72nd Mitama Matsuri
Schedule: 2018 July 13th (Fri) - July 16th (Mon / National Holiday)
Time: 18: 00-21: 30
Location: Yasukuni Shrine premises
▼ Transportation access / Nearest station
· JR Line "Iidabashi Station" 10 minutes on foot
· JR Line "Ichigaya Station" 10 minutes on foot
· Tokyo Metro, Toei Subway Line "Kudanshita Station (Exit 1)" 5 minutes on foot

PurposeFestivals,easily accessible,parade,spiritual places,Traditional folk,experience,night view,shrine/temple,sightseeing,an eating tour
Airport/Sta.Iidabashi Sta. (about 900m) Google Transit

Reviews

4.0a week ago

Breathtakingly beautiful shrine. Old trees surround the temple and there were many visitors coming to pay their respects. Yasukuni is a shrine that honors all of the fallen warriors who have fought for Japan. Because of this, it has gained an infamous reputation due to known war criminals being honored at this site. There is a museum next door that is worth visiting as well, for they have English translations.

5.0a month ago

One of the largest shrine in Tokyo, enshrines all military dead. Also very famous for cherry blossoms and Japanese garden.

Shrine also have military museum. But compared with other countries such as China or US the scale is very limited. There are only only several WW II military planes and tanks, so very limited value to visit as military museum.

Shrine itself is so-called war-criminal. Chinese people say it enshrines class A war criminals so the shrine must be evil shrine. The Japanese visitors warship class A criminals as gods. But this is definitely big misinterpretation. The shrine enshrines all dead's soul rather than leaders in wartime, from high-ranking brass to bottom soldiers. Also many people visit this shrine simply because one of the largest shrine in very center of the Tokyo.

At least, this shrine is controversial, even though you can find many things if you come to this shrine. A good place to visit.

5.0a month ago

I came here to figure out what all the hype & controversy was about.

Ended being captivated by a beautiful temple ground that was immaculately well preserved and spiritual, despite the horde of crowds. I didn't went to the museum due to time constraints but at ¥800 it is worth a visit if you're already here.

5.03 weeks ago

The museum was amazing. Mostly in Japanese but enough English to make it interesting. Also great to get the Japanese perspective on modem japanese history from as Perry's visit thorough to the 50s. Options for a 60, 90 or 120 minutes visit. We did the 120 minute visit but then we are big fans of museums. Amazing artefacts and fantastic insights. The letters from the soldiers on the front line were moving. In the end the Japanese private soldiers were scared, but proud. They saw the futility too.

4.0a month ago

The shrine was solemn as expected. The museum nearby was also informative only up to a point. I won't say where but you know if you read enough history.