The original main gate to the Yasukuni Shrine, known as “Otori”, was erected in 1921 to commemorate the 50th anniversary of the establishment of Yasukuni Shrine.
In 1943, however it was removed to be used in helping the war effort .
Erected in its place was a small “torii” made of Japanese cypress.
A new gate has been reconstructed with donations of JPY 160 million from more than 17,000 well-wishers throughout Japan and is dedicated to the more than 2,450,000 war dead enshrined at Yasukuni.
(1) The gate is constructed of weather –resistant high- tension steel plates having a thickness of 12 million meters and weight about 100 tons.
(2) With a height equivalent to that of an eight – story building .It is the tallest such gate in Japan.