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Yanaka Cemetery

1 Yanaka, Taito, Tokyo Prefecture 110-0001 , Japan
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Ranked #23 of 65 attractions in Taito
Type: Cemeteries
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 10, 2014

This is not far from the tourist hub of Ueno park but many people overlook it. The tombs are very impressive and this cemetery is massive. It also contains some shrines that are worth seeing and is a peaceful location to relax

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 4, 2014

It feels kind of improper to rave about a cemetery, but the canopy of trees here are spectacular, and the blossoms falling and lining the street and rows between tombstones with cherry blossoms as thick as snow. Great place.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 3, 2014

We were delighted by the display of cherry blossom within the cemetery ... much quieter and less crowded than the nearby Ueno Park. The area is spotlessly clean and beautifully kept with maps to aid your route through. The graves were different in style to those we expect in the west, but interesting none the less. Look out for the... More

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 9, 2014

We read some reviews and thought this is definitely something we should visit - so we headed over using very loose directions and thinking, well it is supposed to be big, we didn't think there would be a problem finding it.. Errrr, it took us an hour to find the 'entrance' as it is a little confusing as we took... More

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 27, 2013

I must admit that the idea of visiting, let alone rating, a cemetery seemed ghoulish and I really was going to give it a pass, but it's not a morbid place. It's the Japanese use of nature that sets this apart from what most think of when they think "cemetery". The place is filled with trees, bushes and all sorts... More

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 17, 2013

Easy to find if you catch the Yamanote Line to Nippori, and walk towards the hill, away from the city buildings. A peaceful stroll and well maintained shrines. If you like to jump off and on the Yamanote Line and see the sites near to stations then Yanaka Cemetery fits this bill. Not essential but a pleasant option.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 6, 2013

This place is a must when you are in Tokyo. There are great little temples and it is not very busy (comparatively to Sensoji Temple for example). The best temple by far is the Tennoji Temple. Originally constructed in 1274, this temple is one of the last remaining refuges for the Tendai sect of Buddhism. Visiting this Temple is a... More

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 13, 2013

This is a surprisingly quiet place, close to the Nippori station. There are many big tombstones and small shrines in the area. The place looks beautiful in the spring with cherry blossoms. You can walk from Nippori towards Ueno station and the National Museum.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 2, 2013

If you've done all the iconic tourist attractions in Tokyo, the Yanaka cemetery is worth a visit, just to see something different. It's very close to Nippori subway station (take the south west exit and follow the road left to get onto the main road of the cemetery). It is worth extending your trip to the cemetery by exploring some... More

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 28, 2012

Its very easy to get overwhelmed by the great museums, temples and gardens in Tokyo so for a nice change of pace I would suggest Yanaka, the oldest cemetery in the city. Take the subway to Nippori Station and enter from the north side and work your way south so that when you end you are close to Ueno park.... More

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