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Updated: October 1, 2019
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Surrounded by small temples and inhabited by local kitties, the pathways through Yanaka Cemetery make for a great spot to stroll. While rambling around you can find the grave of Tokugawa Yoshinobu, the last shogun of the Edo period (1603-1867), as well as the elaborately decorated tombs of famous painters, authors, actors, and politicians of the Meiji era from 1868 to 1912. Keep an eye out for the ruins of Tennoji Temple's five-story pagoda and serene bronze Buddha statue too.
The street running through the center of the cemetery is called Sakura Dori, or Cherry Blossom Street. It is lined by cherry trees which burst with frothy pink and white blossoms during the spring, a must-see for visitors exploring the Yanaka area. Extend your walk to the nearby YanakaGinza shopping street or even Nezu-jinja Shrine to get the full experience of this traditional neighborhood.
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