Chidorigafuchi National Cemetery

Chidorigafuchi National Cemetery, Chiyoda

Chidorigafuchi National Cemetery

Chidorigafuchi National Cemetery
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Neighborhood: Yotsuya / Iidabashi
Yotsuya and Iidabashi are areas that developed around the outer moat of the Imperial palace. Nearby in Kagurazaka, there is an old red-light district with a photogenic feel evocative of the ambiance of old Tokyo. Narrow paths with stone paving remain to this day, and there are long-standing restaurants with geishas and quaint old cafes in townhouse buildings.

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Reasonable50
Greenwich, Connecticut3,852 contributions
Moving
May 2018 • Couples
Well over a million soldiers and civilians died overseas during WWII. This is a moving a beautiful place of remembrance. All are welcome here to show respect for those lost. You may buy a flower for 100 yen and offer it. Very clean and well tended.
Written May 12, 2018
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Oldjack
Greater Melbourne, Australia22,832 contributions
In Rembrance Of The War Dead
Apr 2017 • Couples
This is a serious place for many Japanese. Built in 1959 it commemorates those that died in war. Some Japanese question why foreigners visit and I was asked the reason for my visit. Show respect when there.
Written April 12, 2017
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Nelson M
Richmond, VA225 contributions
OK to stop by only if visiting the Kitanomaru Park. Otherwise, skip it.
Nov 2015 • Solo
The National Cemetery honors the "Unknown Soldier". There is not much to see except many plaques narrating historical views. Unless you can read Japanese, you may want to skip the National Cemetery.
Written November 17, 2015
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Lamp_01
Fairfax, United States18 contributions
Very Tasteful and Moving
Aug 2015 • Solo
The cemetery memorial to those who died during WWII is very well done. Whatever the motivation and politics behind conflict...those who fight and die typically are far removed from it and fight and die for those they are next to... This memorial is small but worth the visit if you are in the Chidorigafuchi park as it is just about 100 meters off the walking path.
Written August 31, 2015
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roy v
Traralgon, Australia3,981 contributions
SOMBRE REFLECTIVE PLACE
Jul 2015 • Solo
I visited the cemetery while having a walk in the Chiborigafuchi park area which is a lovely place to walk alongside the moat of the Imperial Palace.
The cemetery was established in 1959 to mourn the unknown soldiers and civilians killed in World War 11. It is a memorial for some 352,297 unidentified war dead. A ceramic coffin sits in the middle of an open hexagonal building and inside the coffin is a bronze urn given by the Showa Emperor containing remains to symbolize all who were lost in the war. The coffin weighs five tons and was made from stones and pebbles sourced from major war zones. This memorial actually houses the remains of the unidentified soldiers in ossuaries under the coffin area. As you walk around under the trees that are now getting a bit of size about them you will see two other stone monuments with poems on them, one composed by the war time Emperor and the other by the present Emperor which is significant...Also off to the side are two other memorials remembering those that died after the war finished trying to get home but were unsuccessful due to extreme hard conditions or who were still detained by other counties and died doing hard labour.
This is a sombre reflective place to spend a bit of time and think of the sacrifice made by so many of all counties so that we can live the free life we have now. If in Tokyo visit. Lest we forget.
Written July 28, 2015
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