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How to get to the Yasukuni Shrine:
• Get off the train at Kudanshita Station.
• Follow the signs to the exit for the Yasukuni Shrine.
• Walk straight ahead toward the intersection with the big pedestrian overpass on your left, but don’t up the stairs. The entrance to the shrine is to the right of the stairs, through the giant torii gate.
• After you pass through the second giant torii gate and the Main Gate, the sauctuary will be straight ahead. To your right will be the Noh Stage and the museum. If you hook left at the museum and walk straight ahead, you’ll get to the sumo amphitheater (to the right) and the koi pond & garden (to the left).
If you want to go to the annual free sumo tournament:
When: The first Friday of April, all day event
• To get to the sumo amphitheatre, go through the main gate, turn right before you get to the buildings inside, turn left at the museum and aim for the gate to the right of the Japanese garden.
• The wrestling doesn’t start until around noon, but it’s worth it to go early (around 10:00) in order to see the procession of sumo wrestlers (clad only in their fundoshi) as they leave the sanctuary after asking for a blessing.
• There is no admissions charge, so – not surprisingly – it’s good to stake out a spot long before the hordes arrive. Seating is first-come-first-serve.
• The sumo amphitheatre is outdoors, and it can be cold at the beginning of April, so bring a coat! All seating is lawn seating – the venue is a series of concentric wide steps surrounding the sumo ring – so bring something to sit on.
To go to the Yushukan WWII museum:
Hours: 9:00 – 16:30
Open: Every day, except for a few days at the end of June and Dec 31 – Jan3.
Admission: Adults: ¥800, College students: ¥500, Middle school & high school students: ¥300, Children: ¥100
While you’re in Japan, read a novel set in Tokyo!