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Japanese War Cemetery, Cowra
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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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  • This is a little gem, restrained and imbued with the tragedy and division which war brings to ordinary men regardless of birth or nationality. It was a particular pleasure to meet the landscape garden...  more »
  • War Cemeteries all over the world are a constant reminder of the horrors of war, and they way they are managed and cared for is of comfort for those whose relatives are buried within. This one is no e...  more »
  • Whilst this is not a must see it is well worth taking a stroll around the War Cemetery . It is very well appointed.