Are you an archeology and early history buff? If so, you might enjoy visiting Emperor Nintoku’s Tomb in Sakai. However, if burial mounds aren’t your thing, you’re better off skipping this attraction.
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Located near Mikunigaoka Station on the JR Hanwa Line that runs between Osaka and Wakayama, Emperor Nintoku’s tomb is a burial mound dating back to around the middle of the 5th century. It’s a giant keyhole-shaped tumulus that’s apparently the largest of its kind in Japan - so large that it takes an hour to walk around the entire tumulus on the sightseeing walkway that encircles it.
This greenery-covered mound looks more like a small mountain than anything else. You won’t be able to enter the tumulus proper, but visitors are allowed to stroll around the outer area where the double-moats are located.
If you’re keen on finding out more about Emperor Nintoku and the tumulus, it might be a good idea to visit the Sakai Municipal Museum nearby. The museum has a few exhibits of documents and materials about the tumulus, and entry is inexpensive at JPY200 for adults. However, it’s not exactly the most fascinating of subjects unless you’re already a fan of Japan’s early history. The tumulus is also further out of central Osaka, so it’s only worth visiting if you have a burning desire to look at it.
Emperor Nintoku's Tomb
Daisen-cho, Sakai-ku, Sakai-shi, 590-0035
24h (only the outside)
Free (only the outside)
Train: 6-minute walk from the west exit of Mozu Station on the JR Hanwa Line.
Official Website (Japanese)
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