Yasukuni Shrine (靖国神社) is one of the Shinto shrines in Tokyo, Japan. It is located in the Chiyoda special ward in Tokyo. This shrine commemorates those who died in service of Japan back when there was the Boshin War which happened from 1868 to 1869 until the First Indochina War which happened from 1946 to 1954, founded by Emperor Meiji.

Mitama Matsuri is one of Tokyo’s biggest Obon festivals. It was first held in 1947. It is held every mid of July and it is a must-see event in Tokyo.

During the event, Yasukuni Shrine is light up in orange by 30,000 lanterns.

Bon Odori Dance

Bon Odori dance is performed during Obon. It is a style of dance to welcome the spirits of the dead.

This 2018, it was help last July 13 until July 16, which was witness by thousands of people, Japanese and Foreigners.

Below are the photos we took:

Upcoming Festivals this 2018:

October 17 to 20 – Shuki Reitaisai (Annual Autumn Festival)

November 3 – Meijisai (Emperor Meiji’s Birthday)

November 23 – Niinamesai (Festival of First Fruits)

December 23 – Tenno gotanshin Hoshukusai (Birthday of the Current Emperor)

How to get there?

From Shinjuku Station
Shinjuku Line directly from Shinjuku to Kudanshita Station.

From Tokyo Station
Marunouchi Line to Otemachi which is 1-minute ride
Then, Hanzomon Line to Kudanshita Station which is 4-minute ride.