In the district of Chiyoda-ku, in central Tokyo, the Yasukuni shrine was constructed in 1869 to enshrine the ones who fought for Japan during war times with other countries. The spirits of over 2 milion people died for Japan over the several conflicts since the Meiji restoration, are enshrined at Yasukuni shrine. And that also brings controversy from time to time since 1978, when 14 war criminals where enshrined here, so every time a famous Japanese celebrity or politician is seen visiting the shrine, it becomes again a hot topic.
Every year on mid July, this festival takes place to honor the dead. The impressive decoration, all along the passage to the shrine, is filled with over 30.000 lanterns, to guide the spirits of the dead. Yet of course, the living enjoy the festival. With several events during the weekend, like bon odori in a central stage, and dozens of food stalls, the Mitama festival is a must see if you’re in Tokyo in July. Also, one of the most crowded festivals, probably both by the living, and the dead.
How to get there
From three different lines, Tozai, Hanzomon, and Shinjuku lines, stop at Kudanshita station. From here is a short walk to the main entrance.
Travel photographer and journalist. Degree in Tourism management and master's degree in Travel Journalism. Lived and studied in Tokyo for more than 2 years, where I started my blog Hype in Tokyo. I kept the name from that period in Tokyo for my travel projects as a memento of where it all started.
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