Makomanai Takino Cemetery

Takino Cemetery
Admission-
Opening Hours8:45 - 16:00
ClosedNew Years Day
Contact011-616-2855
NotesNeed a car to get there or can take a taxi.
Buses available.
Location /
Getting There
〒005-0861, Makomanai, Minami-ku, Sapporo-shi, Hokkaidō 005-0861

20 minute taxi ride from Makomanai station

If you don’t know about this place and are driving past you may be forgiven for doing a double take or checking that your eyesight is OK! The first thing you will see are rows and rows of giant Easter Island Moai heads! This strange sight means you are at the Makamonai Takino Cemetery. Makomanai Takino Cemetery was established in 1982. It covers 1,800,473㎡, and is open all year round. There’s a free shuttle service from Makomanai Station, and admission is free.


Makomanai Takino Cemetery

Stonehenge

The huge space serves as a cemetery but is also an interesting sightseeing destination which is well worth a look. So, what is here? The intricate gates of the cemetery open up to about 40 Moai (Easter Island) heads. These giant heads are a great photo opportunity and run along the side of the road into the park. Further on down the road is a complete full size of replica of…yes, Stonehenge. It is strangely, one of the most complete replicas in the world. If you continue down this road, there is the actual cemetery broken up into different areas. There is a small shop here, selling ice-creams and drinks and there are places to sit.

Makomanai Takino Cemetery To the right of the Easter Island heads is a road that will lead you to a flower area, and the entrance to a giant Buddha statue which is probably the center piece for the whole park. The Buddha statue is very impressive and can be found at the end of a sculpted tunnel which leads into a large hill. The hill is topped with lavender and is stunning in summer! This area is beautifully designed with large pools of water, and pathways surrounded with flowers. This place is a fantastic spot for photos. For bus timetables please see below.

Weekdays
Makomanai station
to
Takino Cemetery
Makomanai Station
Bus station No.2
Bus No. 102

Fare : ¥370
9:15
10:15
11:15
12:15
13:20
Weekdays
Takino Cemetary
to
Makomanai station
Fare : ¥3709:54
10:54
12:09
13:04
14:09
Weekends
Makomanai station
to
Takino Cemetery
Makomanai Station
Bus station No.2
Bus No. 102

Fare : ¥370
9:15
10:15
11:20
11:45
12:45
13:20
Weekends
Takino Cemetery
to
Makomanai station
Fare : ¥37010:22
10:59
12:09
12:39
13:33
14:08
*From December to March, buses run from 10:00 – 14:00


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Hokkaido Guide contributor and editor. Keen photographer with a love of travel, the great outdoors and all things Hokkaido, Japan. Matt Holloway is a professional photographer and holds exhibitions around Sapporo, Hokkaido and Sydney Australia.