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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 cemetery is thought to be the only Japanese War Cemetery outside of Japan. It is thought provoking in that it highlights how recently Australia's relationship with Japan was shaped by imperialist...  more »
  • Solemn site. Worth a visit in conjunction with the Australian war graves and the Cowra prisoner of war camp.  more »
  • Nicely laid out cemetery but of more interest to me was the Australian cemetery next to it where soldiers killed during the break out are buried. One tree in there was planted by the Crown Prince who ...  more »
  • Great history, well kept and pokéstops