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Yanaka Cemetery

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Address: 7-5-24 Yanaka, Taito 110-0001 , Tokyo Prefecture
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An interesting walk

It is not that often you see a cemetery in Tokyo. This one is large and next to a small temple. I can imagine it is incredible in spring as there are many blooming fruit trees. We... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed 2 weeks ago
Sonoma, California

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Sonoma, California
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

It is not that often you see a cemetery in Tokyo. This one is large and next to a small temple. I can imagine it is incredible in spring as there are many blooming fruit trees. We walked from the Yanaka Station thru the cemetery and on to Ueno Park. This is a good pathway for a nice walk, either... More 

Thank SonomaRichard
Fujisawa, Japan
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 16, 2015

I have visited this cemetery many times, both solo and with family & friends. Very peaceful and interesting. Many famous people buried here. In cherry blossom season it is a delight. A good vantage point also to take in unusual views of the surrounding Taito area and out towards Skytree.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 13, 2015

Yanaka Cemetery is a fascinating place with plenty of historical graves not least of which is the gravesite of the last of the Tokugawa Shoguns - Tokugawa Yoshinobu. It can be somewhat difficult to find but persistence is rewarded by a visit to this place which for Japanese history buffs brings to mind the latter days of the Bakamutsu period... More 

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The Hague, The Netherlands
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 8, 2015

Such a beautiful place. About a 20 walk through the neighbourhood from Ueno park. Enjoy walking through the residential area and look out for all the little (hidden) temples along the way some are real gems. Went in the blossom time so the blossoms added to the melancholy atmosphere of walking through a cemetary. very large almost a city in... More 

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Brisbane, Australia
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed October 6, 2015

A relatively short walk from Ueno Park (maybe 20 minutes) the Yanaka Cemetery is a peaceful and interesting place to visit. There are boards up with maps to help find your way around, public toilets, and 2 small children’s play areas. Take insect repellent because there are mosquitoes (at least in September). Plenty of fresh flowers on graves and incense... More 

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Graz, Austria
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 3, 2015

Cats hang around here and are friendly. The graveyard is also enormous and it is worth visiting a traditional Japanese graveyard.

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Tokyo, Japan
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 23, 2015

The streets are full of little temples and shrines. Very interesting. There is also an interesting market street with little shops.

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Ulsan, South Korea
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 16, 2015

My friend wanted to see this cemetery as a family friend was interned. It was very moving and many people were there burning incests and paying respects to the ancestors. it has a great view back over the city.

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Traralgon, Australia
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 25, 2015

No visit to Yanaka would be complete without a visit to the cemetery.This peaceful place with a great history covers an area of 25 acres and is a combination of the cemetery's of Kaneiji and Tennouji Temples. In 1872 during the Meiji Era authorities confiscated a portion of Tenn-ji and declared it a public cemetery the biggest in Japan at... More 

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Dublin, Ireland
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 5, 2015

It's walking distance from Ueno if you are fit, or from Nippori if you are more economical with your effort. Visit the shopping streets near the cemetery also.

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Ueno, Asakusa
Traces of the history and culture of the Edo (old Tokyo) era remain vividly in Ueno and Asakusa. Spacious Ueno Park is a great place to relax and visit a variety of different museums and galleries. At Ameyoko which starts in front of Ueno station, the grocery stores and clothing shops are crammed alongside fishmongers. It gets particularly busy at the end of the year, when many people go on shopping sprees. The town of Asakusa, developed around Sensoji temple, has many shops selling goods and clothing from old Japan, making it a great place for souvenir hunting. It's also known for various annual festivals, and the whole district gets involved with the huge Sanja Festival in May.
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