Japanese War Cemetery, Cowra

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Cemetery · Tourist Spot
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. Using our international travel planner, Cowra attractions like Japanese War Cemetery can form part of a personalized travel itinerary.
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  • Expected many Japanese stone lanterns and shrines like in Japan, but use markers with two stone lanterns near the entry.  more »
  • The Japanese War Cemetery is well maintained and is good to see that we are taking care of Japanese service men who died on Australian soil. There are also a number of other graves of older Japanese.....  more »
  • Clearly not something I'd say is good fun, but important, particularly for kids. Clean well presented memory of both Australian and Japanese soldiers. Worth a visit
  • A lot of work with the garden. Well worth the visit. Will be more spectacular in a month as full bloom will be present.
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