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Zoshigaya Cemeteries

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Address: 4-25-1 Minamiikebukuro, Toshima 171-0022, Tokyo Prefecture
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+81 3-3971-6868

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This part of Tokyo offers a sense of history, and you'll certainly find some here. Pay your respects to Natsume Soseki, Nagai Kafu and Lafcadio Hearn (aka Koizumi Yakumo). If... read more

4 of 5 bubblesReviewed 4 August 2016
Jason J
Cambridge, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 August 2016

This part of Tokyo offers a sense of history, and you'll certainly find some here. Pay your respects to Natsume Soseki, Nagai Kafu and Lafcadio Hearn (aka Koizumi Yakumo). If you're not a Japanese history or literature buff, just walk around for 30-45 minutes and absorb the peaceful atmosphere, so close to the fleshpots of Ikebukuro.

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 21 January 2016

No everyone enjoys "cemetery tourism," but I enjoy hunting down the graves of famous people. This cemetery dates from late 19th century and with the help of a guide I downloaded from the web I was able to find some graves of notable figures. Even if you are not historically inclined, it is an interesting place to visit. Many people... More 

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 10 October 2015

Zoshigaya Cemetery is accessed easily from the Toden Arakawa Line's station Toden-Zōshigaya. There is a cemetery office which can provide an English guide-map which is recommended otherwise its difficult to find specific graves which may be of interest. Even so some of the graves are only in Japanese so if intending to visit specific graves a bit of online research... More 

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 June 2015 via mobile

I would not normally go to a cemetery on my holidays however we got off the tram and went for a stroll. It is a well up kept cemetry where people still visit. My friend and i sat on a park benc chatting. It was peaceful and relaxing. If you are on the tram line have a look, otherwise it... More 

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 31 October 2012

Normally we are not keen on visiting cemeteries but after a long story we kind of ended here. The place is peaceful and unique it has a weird tranquility and sense of peace and calm. If you have some time left we can recommend going here although I would not say to put it on your priority list

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 15 May 2012

Located very close to Ikebukuro, this cemetery is such a great place. Filled with trees, so it is covered with shade, making a walk through here very pleasant. There are many famous people from Japanese history here, including Lafcadio Hearn the famous Irish author who was one of the people responsible for teaching the English-speaking world about the country during... More 

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