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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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Springwood, Australia
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 14, 2014 NEW

A well cared for and respectful monument to a troubled time. You can't help but be moved by this cemetery.

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Melbourne, Australia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 3, 2014

So sad that so many men were separated from their families by war and died tragically for a cause they thought was right. The nobility of Australian spirit in preserving the site for descendants and others to visit is highly commendable.

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Sydney, Australia
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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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33 attraction reviews
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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
18 reviews 18 reviews
4 attraction reviews
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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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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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