Here is a rather interesting survey from Hoken (insurance) Clinic, looking at the diversification of graves and funerals.
Over the 4th and 5th of August 2015 500 people, 250 male and 250 female, aged between 40 and 60 years old completed an internet-based questionnaire. There is an implication in Q1 that everyone was married.
In Japan, cremation then interring the ashes in a family grave is the tradition. However, in Q5 an arborium cemetery is currently in vogue; this is usually a small grove of trees (run by the council with no ongoing maintenance fees) with a large underground space for urns. A multi-storey crypt has a visiting room, where on using your ID card, your relative’s urn plus shrine gets delivered to a viewing space. Here is a video of one in operation.
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Q1: Would you like to be interred with your spouse? (Sample size=500)
Q2: Have you got a grave? (Sample size=500)
|Yes, my ancestors one||52.6%|
|Yes, already purchased one||9.0%|
|Plan to buy||10.2%|
|Won’t buy one||28.2%|
Q3: Who will you entrust tending your grave to? (Sample size=500, multiple answer)
Q4: What kind of funeral would you want? (Sample size=500)
|Just straight to the crematorium||63||12.6%|
|No wake, just one-day ceremony and cremation||22||4.4%|
Q5: Where would you like to be interred? (Sample size=500)
|Scattered to the four winds||101||20.2%|
|Nearby temple, church graveyard||80||16.0%|
|Multi-storey crypt, charnel house||43||8.6%|