Yanaka Cemetery (The Sakura Guide)

The Spot

Located near Ueno Koen, Yanaka Cemetery, like Aoyama Cemetery, is a famous hanami spot. Mixing traditional Japanese burial places with its Thoba (Japanese wooden memorial boards) as well as a playground for children and small parks, Yanaka Cemetery will offer you a unique perspective on how Japanese culture integrates death into their society. Yanaka has a lot to offer to the foreign tourist in terms of atmosphere. The area is very old and filled with shrines. You can end your journey here by visiting Yanaka Ginza, a remarkable little shopping street that will lead you to the JR Nippori station on the Yamanote line.

Pro Photo Tip

The interest of the place lies mostly in its juxtaposition of contrasts. Life and death express themselves side-by-side through the graves and the cherry blossoms. In order to frame these surprising contrasts, a standard focal lens is perfect. A good 35mm, and a 50mm would be the perfect companions for your exploration of this amazing place. Their field of view will allow you to include the blossoms and some parts of the graveyard in the frame. Using a longer focal range, like a 85mm or a 135mm, will allow you to make wonderful portraits with a shallow depth of field, turning the graveyard into a unique background.

Access Info

Station : Nippori (JR & Keisei Lines)
Entrance Fees : Free
Opening hours : 24H.

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Yanaka Cemetery (The Sakura Guide)

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