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Yanaka Cemetery, Taito

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#32 of 523 in Historic Sites in Tokyo
Cemetery Tourist Spot
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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  • Very very different from what is the idea of cemetery in our country, doesn't appear to be a graveyard, is also not surrounded by walls, is situated so close to the temple which is also very silent but not lugubrious as it may seem to us. The tombs are very similar to each other but not have flowers as we are used to seeing. I have hit the wooden posts all engraved behind the tombs. Easily get very close to the metro exit Nippori Station.
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  • It's not creepy to walk along the silent graves in Yanaka, you can even search for the famous people who are buried here. From the cemetery you can explore the peaceful neighbourhood of Yanaka.  more »
  • Solemn and beautiful place, pervaded by a great silence and very different atmosphere from that of Western cemeteries. Beyond the search of the grave of the famous character who interests you, it's worth just to wander around admiring it. Not to be missed.
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  • Great for a stroll after or before a visit to Yanaka Ginza. Quiet and spacious and easy to get to from Nippori station. Have been told that there are over 100 stray cats in the cemetery but rarely see them.
  • As some might think it's creepy to walk around a cemetery, this one is so beautiful you only realize you're at when you pass the sakuras in the spring. Many cats hang around and they're friendly, so you can pet them.
  • Beautiful open cemetery with the tomb of the last shogun (Yoshinobu Togukawa)
  • Found this place by accidents while walking to Tennoji Temple, and believe me, this street has made my day. It's very beautiful during sakura season.
  • Saw only 3 cats and they ran away from me. Beautiful cemetery though.

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