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Japanese War Cemetery, Cowra

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Cemetery Tourist Spot
Situated in a peaceful setting of leafy trees and manicured lawns, Japanese War Cemetery contains the graves of Japanese POWs who died in a failed mass breakout from a local internment camp. When the breakout took place in August of 1944, nearly half of the camp’s prisoners died, along with four Australian soldiers. The cemetery, officially ceded to Japan in 1963, also holds the bodies of Japanese soldiers who died during the infamous 1942 bombings of Darwin. Drop by the Cowra Visitor Center before visiting the cemetery to see an informative 10-minute presentation about the POW breakout. The center can also provide you with a map of an educational route that stops at the cemetery, the old POW camp, and the city’s famous Japanese Gardens. Plan your visit to Japanese War Cemetery and a wealth of other attractions, well-known and undiscovered, using our Cowra trip generator.
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  • Looking at war cemeteries is always emotional, as one cannot not be moved by the age of so many of those that died and relate it to ones own sons. Having both the Australian and japanese buried in thi...  more »
  • A very peaceful place on the outskirts of Cowra, over 200 Japanese prisoners are buried here, most of them from the breakout late in World War 2.  There is also a section nearby for the Allied service...  more »
  • Very moved to visit this well maintained memorial to the Australian and Japanese that lost their lives. Very serene atmosphere to pause and reflect. Worth a stop when visiting Cowra and the WW2 sites ...  more »
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  • A beautiful place to visit with lots of history.
  • Great history, well kept and pokéstops

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