Makomanai Takino Cemetery

Not your typical cemetery.

By Michelle Ishiki    - 1 min read


Opening hours vary per attraction: Great Buddha: Apr ~ Oct 09:00 - 16:00, Nov ~ Mar 10:00 - 15:00 Mausoleum: Apr ~ Oct 08:30 - 17:00, Nov ~ Mar 09:00 - 15:40

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“The unexpected is to be expected", I always say. But I sure wasn't expecting to see a row of towering moai off in the distance in the backroads of Sapporo's countryside that winter's day. What a mysterious sight. I didn't see any signs. Later I discovered it was Makomanai Takino Cemetery. Back to “the unexpected”, Stonehenge, a Great Buddha and other iconic monuments decorate the grounds. Great Buddha, Stonehenge, moai, oh,my!

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Michelle Ishiki

Michelle Ishiki @geminimoai

I came to Japan from the U.S. about six years ago to live, work and play. There's always something new to be discovered, and every day is still an adventure here.