The Japan Heritage Story

Various kofun landscapes around the Saitobaru Burial Mounds

There are other groups of mounded tombs with few surrounding buildings besides the Saitobaru Burial Mounds.

Nyutabaru Burial Mounds

Nyutabaru Burial Mounds are situated on a plateau on the eastern Hitotsuse River. In an open field that stretches as far as the eye can see lay keyhole-shaped mounded tombs with rounded rear portions, such as the Suijinzuka, Hataorizuka, and Mukadezuka burial mounds. In addition to these, scattered round mounded tombs and square mounded tombs appear to float on the landscape. These burial mounds, constructed by the people of the Kofun period, coexist in the landscape with the fields created by following generations. This was only made possible by cultivating the land in a way that also preserved these kofuns, which reflects the underlying awe and admiration that Japanese people through to the modern day have had for the kofuns. There are also humorous haniwas (ceramic clay figures) that have been excavated from the Mukadezuka Burial Mound that help provide us with picture of life in the Kofun period.

Nyutabaru Burial Mounds

Ikime Burial Mounds

Appearing as a thick cluster of trees spread over a small hill on the banks of the Oyodo River, closer inspection reveals keyhole-shaped mounded tombs and round mounded tombs. In one corner of the site, there is a particularly striking keyhole-shaped mounded tomb with a round rear portion. The mound has been restored to its original white stone dome. Standing on the top of the mound reveals the majesty and formative arts of the period, and radiates the energy that must have been used in constructing the kofuns. Ikime Burial Mounds offers a landscape in which you can experience a kofun that became a forest, a way of appreciating the many centuries that have passed since its construction, in contrast with a kofun that has been restored to its original appearance.

Ikime Burial Mounds

Hasugaike Cave Tomb Cluste

The Hasugaike Cave Tomb Cluster is situated beside a seaside pond where lotus flowers bloom. It comprises corridor-style burial mounds with horizontal lateral entrances in the southernmost point of the archipelago. These tombs were built by digging a horizontal corridor into the hard rock of the hill. After construction, the entire hill became a forest of evergreen and deciduous broadleaf trees. It has turned into a landscape that stands in a still-life obscurity, as if it has been forgotten by time and hidden by nature.

Hasugaike Cave Tomb Cluste