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. Using our international travel planner, Cowra attractions like Japanese War Cemetery can form part of a personalized travel itinerary.
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  • Worth the visit .This is a part of recent history and it does make you reflect the tragedy of the last war .and gives an insight to the Japanise soldier  more »
  • Cowra is where Japanese prisoners of was were imprisoned. An abortive escape attempt resulted in a number of deaths and these prisoners are buried in a Japanese style cemetery. It’s very different and...  more »
  • Next to Cowra's general cemetery, there is a small section for Australian soldiers - including the 4 killed in the breakout - and a section for Japanese soldiers who died while at the camp. It's good ...  more »
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  • Well documented history here. Cowra's greatest asset!
  • Great history. Must visit in Cowra.
  • Very interesting well run place.
  • Very moving place Surprised to young babies and children I thought it was only men pows
  • Beautifully done very peaceful surroundings.
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