Japanese War Cemetery, Cowra

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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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  • We went here with young kids. A great opportunity to show them the sad effects of war and the numbers of people that die with war. A beautifully kept cemetery  more »
  • This was a very poignant experience. Access to the cemetery is by streets lined with trees and plaques alongside them A visit to the cemetery will give you an insight to the various events...  more »
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  • 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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