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Yanaka Cemetery, Taito

(4/5 based on 190+ reviews on the web)
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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  • Lot graves are lined up, but too dark in a convivial mood. I think it is also historically important figures, such as Tokugawa Yoshinobu's grave is of interest because people try it.
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  • Small but interesting cemetery fully integrated in the city. It is very strange to see so many graves in the middle of the big city.
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  • Higurashi-no-Sato station out front. Climb up the stairs into the cemetery and saw sky. It is a very large cemetery.
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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.
  • cool station
  • 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.