Whenever I head north towards Gaienmae or Shinjuku, I end up walking along side 青山霊園 Aoyama reien (Aoyama cemetery). The first weekend I was in Tokyo I could see that there were still some sakura (cherry blossom) peaking around the cemetery but because I was on my way to meet a friend I couldn’t stop for more than a few minutes.
After meaning to visit for so many weeks, I finally made it over to this large but quiet cemetery the other day. With the Roppongi Hill’s Mori building towering over nearby, I could really see and feel the new Tokyo peacefully co-existing with the old.
I saw a stray cat lingering around and a few people walking their dogs, but I was alone for the most part.
Aoyama Cemetery is quite big and I’m told that it’s a great place to appreciate the famous Japanese cherry blossoms when they flower. I definitely missed its peak by a week this time but maybe I’ll return for the autumn foliage…
I know that there are famous Japanese who are laid to rest here (Hachiko‘s master is also buried at this cemetery) and there is a separate section for foreigners. But I didn’t look for anyone in particular.
I don’t know the name of this cemetery but I just happened to see it one day when I was walking to Ebisu through the back streets of Hiroo. It was much smaller and more modest than the Aoyama cemetery, but I thought it was lovely.