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Map of Yanaka Cemetery. The graves of the Tokugawa shoguns are walled off and off limits to the public. The main drag cuts through the green section on this map.
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Yanaka Cemetery (Yanaka Reien in Japanese) is one of Tokyo's major cemeteries where fifteen Tokugawa shoguns (including Yoshinobu, the last shogun), some daimyos, and famous people are buried.
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It is also famous for cherry blossoms along the main drag in the middle of the cemetery. Near JR Nippori Station.
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Other famous people buried at Yanaka Cemetery include Hisaya Morishige, Eiichi Shibusawa, Yokozuna Dewanoumi, and Taikan Yokoyama.
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This is the main drag.
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The main drag is nicknamed "Sakura-dori" meaning Cherry Blossom Road.
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Trash piles up during cherry blossom season when many people have flower-viewing (hanami) picnics.
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Rules for flower viewers. No fires and take home your trash.
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Public toilets and trash.
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Yanaka Cemetery cherry blossoms, Tokyo.
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Around halfway down the main drag is this small clearing. This was where a five-story pagoda was. It was destroyed by fire in 1957 by arsonists.
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Marker showing the location of the pagoda.
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Photo of the pagoda at Yanaka Cemetery before it was torched by suicide lovers in 1957.
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The main drag was the sando path to Tennoji temple.
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Gate to Tennoji temple, the original owner of Yanaka Cemetery. 天王寺
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About Tennoji temple.
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Tennoji temple
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Tennoji temple's Buddha.
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Tennoji temple also had an outdoor statue of the Buddha.
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Seated Buddha statue at Tennoji temple in Yanaka Cemetery, Tokyo.
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About the seated Buddha statue.
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I visited on April 8, 2012. April 8 is Hana-matsuri or Buddha's birthday at Tennoji temple in Yanaka Cemetery, Tokyo.
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Altar for Hana-matsuri or Buddha's birthday at Tennoji temple in Yanaka Cemetery, Tokyo.
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Pour sweet tea over the statue of a baby Buddha at Tennoji temple in Yanaka Cemetery, Tokyo.
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Tennoji temple.
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Tennoji temple also has this crowd-pleasing weeping cherry tree.
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Yanaka Cemetery is a short walk from JR Nippori Station.
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JR Nippori Station.
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JR Nippori Station.
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In front of JR Nippori Station east side is a statue of Ota Dokan who built Edo Castle in the 15th century and thus founded Tokyo.
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Statue of Ota Dokan who built Edo Castle in the 15th century and thus founded Tokyo. in front of JR Nippori Station east side.
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JR Nippori Station.
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Sakura latte only during cherry blossom season.
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