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Yasukuni Shrine: Yushukan Museum (遊就館)


General Information

Facility: Yushukan
Address: 3-1-1 Kudankita, Chiyoda, Tokyo 102-8246
Phone: +81-78-262-5050
During Mitama Festival (July 13-16)
Closed: late June and late December

About Yushukan:

Yushukan was opened in 1882 as a museum to inherit records of enshrined divinities of Yasukuni Shrine by displaying their historically important materials.  There are 100,000 items including paintings,  various art works, armors and weapons.

The Museum's name "Yushu" means  association with and learning from high-principled people.

Summary of Collection(s)

Permanent Exhibition:

The museum's exhibitions are dedicate to the spirits of deceased Japanese soldiers. The museum also holds weaponry used by the Imperial Japanese Army, as well as Allied documents.  In addition, there are exhibitions related to the modern Japan Self-Defense Forces and United States Forces in Japan. Aunds.

  • First floor : The first floor entrance hall can be entered free.  There,  an A6M Zero fighter aircraft and a Class C56 steam locomotive number C56 31 used in Thailand during the post-war period, Type 89 15 cm Cannon and Type 96 15 cm Howitzer are displayed in this area.  The large exhibit room on the first floor exhibits old style Japanese military airplanes: a Yokosuka D4Y bomber aircraft, Type 97 Seisei "彗星" found in Yap Island, along with and a replica of an Ohka Model 11. In addition, a replica of Mutsu (陸奥) battleship is displayed. Mementos of deceased Japanese soldiers are also displayed in the room.  They include a uniform worn by a paratrooper and various letters.  Finally, photographs and portraits of the "Spirits of Yasukuni Shrine" are shown at the end of the hallway.
  • Second floor:  Various war-related materials are displayerd in chronological order, including different types of swords, armor, guns, and a golden flag wielded by the Imperial Japanese Army during the Boshin War. The war flag of the 321st Imperial Japanese Army division is in good shape. There is also  a small cinema theater, which plays various documentaries related to the shrine.

Note: The Guide uses the ALA/LC standard romanization, however, it also reflects different romanization system used by an individual institution.

Digital Collection(s)

How to Use the Facility

Visiting the Museum


  • Adults: 1000 yen (800 yen)
  • University students: 500 yen (400 yen)
  • Senior/Junior High School students: 300 yen (240 yen)
  • Elementary students and younger: Free

Note: () indicate prices for those in groups of 20 or more.

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