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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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Reviews
TripAdvisor
  • Whilst not a lot to see it tells part of the story. Nice to see it so well kept. Glad we stopped in. If you take kids - make sure they are contained. Running wild and jumping on graves is not on altho...  more »
  • A very peaceful and respectful tribute to those lives lost from all Nationalities during World War 2.  more »
  • A quiet reflective spot that helps build more of the understanding of the events around the war and Cowras role  more »
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  • A beautiful place to visit with lots of history.
  • Great history, well kept and pokéstops