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Japanese War Cemetery

Doncaster Drive,, Cowra, New South Wales 2794, Australia
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Ranked #3 of 7 attractions in Cowra
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Cemeteries
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Sydney, Australia
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74 reviews 74 reviews
49 attraction reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 24, 2014

It was good to see this space organised and maintained in such a respectful manner. For those who like myself don't know much about the Breakout it is worth a trip to the Visitor Information Centre before you attend. It was a very sad and moving place to go to, but worth the trip.

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Canberra, Australia
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 6, 2014

This is a lovely, well-cared for space which reflects a sad period in our history. Well worth a visit.

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Halifax, Canada
14 reviews 14 reviews
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23 helpful votes 23 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 11, 2014

The only Japanese war cemetery outside of Japan. Very tastefully done and moving. This town is amazing considering the history of the Japanese and the Australians during WW II. This should be seen in combination with the site of the former POW camp.

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Newcastle, Australia
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16 helpful votes 16 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 9, 2013

The cemetery is situated in a peaceful, leafy setting & is well tended, although smaller than I expected. It's warming to note that we have treated the Japanese POW's remains with such respect. Our Aussie war dead are also buried nearby; & the general town cemetery adjoins. No probs with parking & trees offer plenty of shade. I suggest first... More

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Orange, Australia
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed November 1, 2013

I think this place is overrated on Tripadvisor. The cemetery is not a tourist attraction, so I have no idea how to enjoy the cemetery. If you have never seen a Japanese style tomb, the one in the cemetery may look interesting. I saw a picture of blooming cherry blossoms from another reviewer and thought it was a good idea... More

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Melbourne, Australia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 11, 2013

This cemetery while small is very well maintained similar to the Australian graves in France. The thing that struck us was the very wide age range of those souls buried there from teens to late 70's the cemetery is of to the side of the main cemetery and is a very sombre place

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Caboolture, Australia
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 4, 2013

To really enjoy the Cowra experience its worth taking the time to visit all of the parts of this wonderful little towns history, for a small country town that most people would overlook it has so much rich history. The war cemetery is just one small part of that history.

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Blue Mountains NSW
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 3, 2013

Make sure you visit the site of the Cowra breakout first and read the story of those events. Then visiting the cemetery provides an ending to the story. It is a lovely place of quiet reflection, and one can also visit the Australian war cemetery next to it. Both are beautifully kept and a credit to the War Graves authority... More

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Newcastle, Australia
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 24, 2013

Knowing the history of what occurred in August 1944 at the camp and having an interest in Japanese history we felt obliged to visit the Japanese (and Australian) war cemeteries. Both are well kept, and being aware of the people who died it was poignant to actually see where they are buried. Worth a visit to pay your respects to... More

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Sydney, New South Wales, Australia
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 14, 2013

This very peaceful war grave cemetery is a must see if visiting the area. We walked around the Japanese graves and noticed some of the ages of those who died. Surprised to see so many in their 50's to 70's. the Australian war graves were two lines of white marble headstones with the soldiers name rank battalion etc. Very moving.... More

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