The origins of Yasukuni Jinja lie in a shrine called Shokonsha, which was established on June 29, 1869, by the will of the Emperor Meiji. In 1879, it was renamed Yasukuni Jinja, the name it still bears today.
To share the thoughts of the noble souls who gave up their lives for the country they loved, Yasukuni Jinja displays a selection of last messages at the front of the shrine every month.
Learn about Japan’s ancient Shinto faith and worshipping at Yasukuni Jinja.
Here you can see festivals and important annual events at Yasukuni Jinja, as well as seasonal scenery.