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Yanaka Cemetery

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Ueno, Asakusa
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Address: 7-5-24 Yanaka, Taito 110-0001 , Tokyo Prefecture
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The cemetery, and surrounding shrines and temples, is a very peaceful and tranquil spot in an otherwise busy metropolis.

4 of 5 bubblesReviewed 22 August 2016
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New York, NY
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 January 2017 via mobile

We recently started visiting an old cemetery near where we live in Brooklyn called Greenwood which is surprisingly nice and not weird at all to spend time walking around. So we definitely had to check out Yanaka Cemetery while in Tokyo. We were expecting to find something with even older with more character and a Japanese perspective here. It was... More 

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Grenoble, France
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 November 2016

This beautiful cemetary in peaceful Yanaka is a jewel. We even met school children in a playground in the middle of this cemetary, supervised by their mistress. The grave of some famous japanese warriors (Tokugawa shoguns) or writers are hard to find because no indication in english. This gave us the opportunity to spend more time in this unique place.

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Bensalem, Pennsylvania
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 28 September 2016

Good place for a stop and learn. See how this traditional Japanese cemetery differs from what Westerners are use to.

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 22 August 2016

The cemetery, and surrounding shrines and temples, is a very peaceful and tranquil spot in an otherwise busy metropolis.

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Blanquefort, France
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 19 August 2016

Visiting Yanaka, and mainly its cemetery is mainly a question of personnal approach. Here death seems not to be considered as anything else than part of life. Makes your own opinion ...

Brunswick, Australia
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 30 July 2016

It's a bit out of the way, but very much worth the walk, even in 35+ degrees. It was nearly deserted when we visited, which gave it all a bit more atmosphere. The grave of the last shogun was nice, but the other graves are also very interesting to behold. On the way there's a few European influences, a real... More 

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New York City, New York
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 26 June 2016

Beautiful Yanaka off the beaten path. The cemetery is spectacular, secluded, silent, peaceful, only populated by a bunch of crows, which give it a perfect atmosphere. We discovered that right outside one of the gates of the cemetery there is a tour bus that travels through Yanaka leaving us just off from Yanaka Ginza street. The same bus takes in... More 

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Amsterdam, The Netherlands
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 30 May 2016

Traveling cemeteries can be enjoyable as well. It is interesting to see how people tend to their dead. It is usually calm and peaceful and a good not touristic place to walk around and relax or contemplate.

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London, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 23 May 2016

A cemetery may not be everyone's idea of a sightseeing attraction but just to walk down the road that runs through the middle of this huge cemetery with it's overhanging cherry trees in full bloom is relaxing and peaceful.

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London, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 24 April 2016

The cemetery is not too far from Ueno Park, so we decided to go there for a short walk. It is a beautiful, very peaceful place. While Ueno was full of crowds, we hardly saw anyone at the cemetery itself, although it is maybe 10/15 minutes away. Make sure not to miss the Tennoji Temple with its magnificent Daibutsu sculpture.

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Ueno, Asakusa
Traces of the history and culture of the Edo (old Tokyo) era remain vividly in Ueno and Asakusa. Spacious Ueno Park is a great place to relax and visit a variety of different museums and galleries. At Ameyoko which starts in front of Ueno station, the grocery stores and clothing shops are crammed alongside fishmongers. It gets particularly busy at the end of the year, when many people go on shopping sprees. The town of Asakusa, developed around Sensoji temple, has many shops selling goods and clothing from old Japan, making it a great place for souvenir hunting. It's also known for various annual festivals, and the whole district gets involved with the huge Sanja Festival in May.
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