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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.

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Broome Time Resort
Broome Time Resort
3.5 out of 5
1 Cable Beach Road East, Cable Beach, WA
The price is AU$198 per night from 1 Aug. to 1 Aug.
Located in Cable Beach, this motel is within 3 mi (5 km) of Courthouse Markets, Matso's Brewery and Town Beach. Pearl Luggers Museum and Sun Pictures are also ...
4.1/5Very Good! (362 reviews)
"I would have preferred to have an evening meal option or otherwise more variety in the shop for purchasing items for a quick meal. The service from all staff was very good, they always did that little bit extra to help."

Reviewed on 13 Jun. 2021

Broome Time Resort
Kimberley Sands Resort
Kimberley Sands Resort
3.5 out of 5
Murray Road, Cable Beach, WA
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The price is AU$270 per night from 29 Jul. to 29 Jul.
Located in Cable Beach, this hotel is 0.4 mi (0.7 km) from Cable Beach and 3.1 mi (4.9 km) from Sun Pictures. Courthouse Markets and Pearl Luggers Museum are ...
4.2/5Very Good! (13 reviews)
"Beautiful view, restaurant was lovely and flexible in letting us take our dinner and drinks up to the room. Reception staff very welcoming and helpful."

Reviewed on 12 Jul. 2021

Kimberley Sands Resort
Oaks Broome Hotel
Oaks Broome Hotel
4.5 out of 5
99 Robinson Street, Broome, WA
The price is AU$294 per night from 26 Jul. to 26 Jul.
Situated near the airport, this luxury aparthotel is within a 10-minute walk of Broome Historical Society Museum, Bedford Memorial Park, and McDaniel's Lookout. ...
4.3/5Excellent! (685 reviews)
"Apart from having no gravy for my steak,"

Reviewed on 22 Jul. 2021

Oaks Broome Hotel
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Broome Time Resort
Broome Time Resort
3.5 out of 5
1 Cable Beach Road East, Cable Beach, WA
The price is AU$198 per night from 1 Aug. to 1 Aug.
Broome Time Resort
Kimberley Sands Resort
Kimberley Sands Resort
3.5 out of 5
Murray Road, Cable Beach, WA
The price is AU$270 per night from 29 Jul. to 29 Jul.
Kimberley Sands Resort
Oaks Broome Hotel
Oaks Broome Hotel
4.5 out of 5
99 Robinson Street, Broome, WA
The price is AU$294 per night from 26 Jul. to 26 Jul.
Oaks Broome Hotel
The Continental Hotel Broome
The Continental Hotel Broome
3 out of 5
47 Weld St, Broome, WA
The price is AU$259 per night from 27 Jul. to 27 Jul.
The Continental Hotel Broome
Oaks Cable Beach Resort
Oaks Cable Beach Resort
4.5 out of 5
11 Oryx Road, Cable Beach, WA
The price is AU$315 per night from 27 Jul. to 27 Jul.
Oaks Cable Beach Resort
Mangrove Hotel
Mangrove Hotel
4 out of 5
47 Carnarvon Street, Broome, WA
The price is AU$275 per night from 31 Jul. to 31 Jul.
Mangrove Hotel
Cable Beach Club Resort & Spa
Cable Beach Club Resort & Spa
4.5 out of 5
Cable Beach Road, Cable Beach, WA
Cable Beach Club Resort & Spa
Moonlight Bay Suites
Moonlight Bay Suites
3.5 out of 5
51 Canarvon Street, Broome, WA
The price is AU$262 per night from 7 Aug. to 7 Aug.
Moonlight Bay Suites
Bali Hai Resort & Spa
Bali Hai Resort & Spa
3.5 out of 5
6 Murray Road, Cable Beach, WA
The price is AU$351 per night from 2 Aug. to 2 Aug.
Bali Hai Resort & Spa
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