国民公園及び千鳥ケ淵戦没者墓苑

千鳥ケ淵戦没者墓苑

Chidorigafuchi National Cemetery

Outline

Chidorigafuchi National Cemetery

Chidorigafuchi National Cemetery was established by the Japanese government in 1959 to house the remains of the many unknown Japanese who died overseas during World War II. Some of the remains enshrined here were recovered in a series of government missions starting in 1953; others were brought home after the war by returning military units and individuals. They include not only servicemen and military support personnel but ordinary civilians as well.


The Cemetery ranges over an area of some 5,000 tsubo(approximately 16,500 m2). Evergreen trees interspersed with zelkovas and other deciduous trees create an atmosphere of solemnity and tranquility suitable for such hallowed ground. These trees, which were mere saplings when the Cemetery first opened, now tower into the sky and enhance the dignity of the setting with their dense foliage.

Guide

The Ossuaries & The Ceramic Coffin

The remains of the war dead are enshrined in underground ossuaries. The oldest is located beneath the ceramic coffin at the center of the Hexagonal Hall, and new ones were added in March 1991 and March 2000 at the rear of the Hall.


The Ossuaries & The Ceramic Coffin
 

Weighing five tons, the ceramic coffin is one of the largest ceramic objects in the world. It is made of stones and pebbles gathered from the major war zones and fired at a temperature of 1,700 degrees. It contains a gilt bronze urn in the shape of a tea jar - a gift of the Showa Emperor - in which are enshrined remains symbolizing all who died in the war.


Monument Featuring a Poem by the Showa Emperor

This monument has engraved on it a poem composed by the Showa Emperor as copied in the hand of Princess Chichibu in the fall of the year of the Cemetery's establishment. It was erected on March 28, 1960.


Monument Featuring a Poem by the Showa EmperorMonument Featuring a Poem by the Showa Emperor "Whenever we ponder on those who dedicated their lives for the cause of our  nation, our heart aches with deep emotion."


his monument has engraved on it a poem composed by the reigning Emperor as copied in the hand of Princess Hitachi at the New Year Poetry Reading Ceremony to commemorate the 60th anniversary of the war's end. It was erected on September 27, 2005.


Monument Featuring a Poem by the Majesty EmperorMonument Featuring a Poem by the Majesty Emperor "Having walked through times when there was no such great war, My thoughts go out to the people who had lived through those days of cruel hardship."

Access

アクセスマップ

Subway

On the Tozai and Toei Shinjuku Lines
- Get off at Kudanshita Station.

On the Hanzomon Line
- Get off at Hanzomon Station.

Car

Parking is available, including space for eight buses.

<Address>
2 Sanban-cho, Chiyoda-ku, Tokyo 102-0075
Chidorigafuchi National Cemetery
Administration Office
TEL O3-3262-2030, FAX 03-3222-1657
Chidorigafuchi National Cemetery
Memorial Foundation
TEL O3-3261-6700, FAX 03-3261-6712
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