Yasukuni Jinja Shrine is one of Tokyo's top tourist attractions. Situated amid busy office buildings, it is a perfect example of Tokyo's dual roles as modern metropolis and ancient capital city. The shrine is dedicated to the more than 2.5 million people who lost their lives in battle from the 1600s until 1954.
The grounds feature statues of samurai, torii gates and a museum. The shrine is, however, not without controversy. Among the many enshrined here are the architects of Japan's involvement in WWII, which angers some in the Asia-Pacific region. It is a must-see and a rare chance to experience part of the world's history from a different perspective.