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Japanese War Cemetery, Cowra
(4.2/5 based on 95 reviews on the web)
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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  • Once you have seen the holographic display at the Visitor's centre - the sacrifice on both sides is very moving. 
  • this is well laid out and is a must see, very beautifully set out and well maintained. names and dates on all the head stones. 
  • We had a quick look around the War Cemetery and found it very interesting. So well kept and a peaceful place to visit.