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Yanaka Cemetery, Taito

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Feel the spirit of the old Shimatachi ambiance in the vast and tranquil grounds of Yanaka Cemetery. Over 7,000 picturesque and well-maintained graves spread across the huge area of 10 hectares (25 acres). Walk the stone paths enclosed with small gardens and shrubs, and study the modern and ancient graves decorated with flowers or covered in thick moss. Highlights include the cemetery's own police station and the grave of the last shogun of the Edo period, Tokugawa Yoshinobu. A stroll through the famous cherry tree valley is a must in spring. Our Tokyo vacation route planner makes visiting Yanaka Cemetery and other Tokyo attractions simple, and helps you make a travel plan personal to you.
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  • We wandered through the very well kept cemetery enjoying the cherry blossoms and small temples. It's just off the Nippori Station and is part of a traditional area in Tokyo.  more »
  • Accessible right off the Nippori station it will take you to anothe world. The alleys are lines up with mature trees, the tombstones are all kept in perfect conditions, many if not most plots have pla...  more »
  • The principle of walking in a cemetery may seem strange to 1 first, but this walk at night was a special moment. We did have the impression to be in the greatest city in the world, immersed in this quiet. It's the Tower Tokyo Sky Tree has the horizon which reminds us. Cherry obviously enhance the décor. The cemetery is not creepy and cold, they become even pretty. The names of the deceased are on large pieces of wood. If you are in the District of Nippori, go have a look.
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  • Huge scenic cemetery that allows for a good walk. Most of the tombstones look alike but there are a few special ones that are definitely worth a good gander.
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  • Great place for a peaceful walk. This cemetery is huge and some roads are passing through it. Never crowded as Japanese people tend to avoid this kind of places. There is a nice sakura alley and many quiet areas where you'll find yourself alone. Not so much vegetation, but enough to make it a nice place for meditation.
  • This place is a must in sakura season and to watch the many cats found there. 😁
  • Picturesque during the day, and perhaps a bit scary at night, if you feel hot in the summer and want a chill down your neck (and spine) it may be worth a visit.