Yasukuni Jinja

Guide to Inner GardenShimmon (Main Gate)

This is Yasukuni Jinja’s main gate, completed in 1934.
Many visitors stop here to take a commemorative photo.
Each of its six-meter-tall doors bears a chrysanthemum crest measuring 1.5 meters in diameter.
Since ancient times, chrysanthemum petals have been used in many places around the world as a design representing the rays of the sun.
The sixteen-petal chrysanthemum crest was designated as the Imperial Seal of Japan early in the Meiji era, and it is still used today in designs such as for the Japanese passport.