Holidays in Japanese Cemetery

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Holidays in Japanese Cemetery

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This intriguing cemetery boasts a quiet atmosphere of remembrance and is dedicated to the Japanese lives lost to Broome’s pearling industry

Take a moment of peace and tranquillity among the solemn obelisks, tombstones and memorials at the Japanese Cemetery in Broome. The largest of its kind in Australia, this cemetery pays tribute to the Japanese people who lost their lives during Broome’s pearling boom in the early 20th century.

Waves of people flocked to Broome to join the town’s lucrative pearl industry in the late 19th and early 20th centuries. Among them were Japanese, Chinese, Malays, Filipinos and Javanese people, all of whom contributed to Broome’s rich multicultural heritage. Harvesting the oysters and operating the pearl luggers was risky work, however, and hundreds were killed as a result.

At the Japanese Cemetery’s traditional-style gates, you’ll see a sign with some information in English and Japanese. More than 700 graves can be found here, most of which commemorate Japanese divers who died from decompression sickness or drowning while diving for pearls.

Explore the rows of memorials and stones, many made from pink-hued beach rocks and inscribed with sweeping Japanese script. Some of the funerary art honours Japanese people lost at sea during storms and cyclones.

Many sightseeing tours around the town make a stop at the Japanese Cemetery. Join an informative tour to learn more about the history behind the cemetery and the influence these immigrants had on Broome’s early cultural development. The residents of Broome celebrate the town’s cultural diversity at the Shinju Matsuri (Festival of the Pearl), held annually in September.

The Japanese Cemetery is located on Port Drive, next to the Chinese Cemetery and the Broome Cemetery. The cemetery is situated halfway between Broome and Cable Beach, so combine your visit with a trip to the beach and nearby Gantheaume Point. Visit in the morning to avoid the heat of the afternoon and ensure you bring some water. The cemetery is free to enter and is an interesting place to learn about the strong cultural connection between Australia and Japan.

63 Cheap Hotels Near Japanese Cemetery

Broome Time Resort
Broome Time Resort
3.5 out of 5
1 Cable Beach Road East, Cable Beach, WA, 6725
The price is AU$299 per night from 9 Jun. to 10 Jun.
Stay at this 3.5-star business-friendly motel in Broome. Enjoy free breakfast, free WiFi and free parking. Our guests praise the pool and the helpful staff in ...
4.1/5 Very Good! (382 reviews)
"Comfortable and reasonably priced. Friendly efficient staff."

Reviewed on 17 Jan. 2022

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Mangrove Hotel
Mangrove Hotel
4 out of 5
47 Carnarvon Street, Broome, WA, 6725
The price is AU$350 per night from 7 Jun. to 8 Jun.
Stay at this 4-star business-friendly hotel in Broome. Enjoy free WiFi, free parking and 2 outdoor pools. Our guests praise the pool and the restaurant in their ...
4.2/5 Excellent! (515 reviews)
"Great Place to stay Cocktails are amazing but feel that the food could be much better"

Reviewed on 25 Apr. 2022

Mangrove Hotel
Seashells Broome
Seashells Broome
4 out of 5
4-6 Challenor Drive, Cable Beach, WA, 6726
Stay at this 4-star family-friendly apartment in Broome. Enjoy free WiFi, free parking and a children's pool. Our guests praise the pool and the helpful staff ...
4.5/5 Wonderful! (373 reviews)
"Solo traveller staying for one night. Room overlooked the road and carpark which wasn’t ideal but didn’t bother about it for one night. Room is very spacious and well equipped. Resort well maintained and also a great location. As a solo traveller I found it to be a bit unsecured at night, returning ..."

Reviewed on 14 Apr. 2022

Seashells Broome
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Broome Time Resort
Broome Time Resort
3.5 out of 5
1 Cable Beach Road East, Cable Beach, WA, 6725
The price is AU$299 per night from 9 Jun. to 10 Jun.
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Mangrove Hotel
Mangrove Hotel
4 out of 5
47 Carnarvon Street, Broome, WA, 6725
The price is AU$350 per night from 7 Jun. to 8 Jun.
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Seashells Broome
Seashells Broome
4 out of 5
4-6 Challenor Drive, Cable Beach, WA, 6726
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Oaks Broome Hotel
Oaks Broome Hotel
4.5 out of 5
99 Robinson Street, Broome, WA, 6725
The price is AU$420 per night from 31 May to 1 Jun.
Oaks Broome Hotel
Kimberley Sands Resort
Kimberley Sands Resort
3.5 out of 5
Murray Road, Cable Beach, WA, 6726
The price is AU$354 per night from 5 Jun. to 6 Jun.
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Moonlight Bay Suites
Moonlight Bay Suites
3.5 out of 5
51 Canarvon Street, Broome, WA, 6725
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Oaks Cable Beach Resort
Oaks Cable Beach Resort
4.5 out of 5
11 Oryx Road, Cable Beach, WA, 6726
The price is AU$452 per night from 30 May to 31 May
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Bali Hai Resort & Spa
Bali Hai Resort & Spa
3.5 out of 5
6 Murray Road, Cable Beach, WA, 6726
The price is AU$366 per night from 22 Jun. to 23 Jun.
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Cable Beach Club Resort & Spa
Cable Beach Club Resort & Spa
4.5 out of 5
Cable Beach Road, Cable Beach, WA, 6725
Cable Beach Club Resort & Spa
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