Osaka Is Home to One of the Largest Tombs in the World
It's where the 16th Emperor of Japan lies.
The Mozu Furuichi Kofungun was officially designated as the first Reiwa era world cultural heritage site in Osaka. It consists of 49 tombs chosen from Sakai City’s Mozu Kofun and Furuichi Kofun of Fujii Temple and Habikino.
Upon visiting the Nintoku Emperor Tomb and museums, you’ll immediately be immersed in Japan’s rich culture and history. Shuttle buses are available, too, for visitors who want to go sightseeing around the area.
The Nintoku Emperor Tomb is one of the biggest tombs in the world. It was designated as a world heritage site last July 6.
The Furuichi area consists of two cities—Habikino City and Fujii Dera City.
“The Nintoku Emperor Kofun is about 2.8 km large and is as big as 12 Koshien baseball fields. It’s the first time a tomb is being designated as a world heritage site. It's also the first time the assets of the Kofun era are being designated too. There is a Sakai City volunteer tour guide at the Nintoku Emperor Kofun Haisho whom you can ask questions about the Mozu Kofungun. In addition to this, you'll find a replica at the entrance of the Nintoku Emperor Kofun Haisho," says the Haniwa General Manager of Sakai City.
Haniwa General Manager of Sakai City
Want to know what else you can do in the area? Scroll down and follow our itinerary.
View the replicas at the Sakai City Museum.
At this museum, you'll see the remains and assets from the Mozu Kofungun. We recommend the "Nintoku Emperor Kofun VR Tour" which lets you enjoy a panoramic view through drones and spectacular CG photos.
Through the VR goggles, you'll see a panoramic and bird's eye view of the tomb.
Nintoku Emperor Kofun VR tours are held nine times a day. The VR tour costs ¥800 per adult. This already includes the entrance fee for the regular exhibition.
Sakai City Museum is located at 2 Mozusekiun Town, Sakai District, Sakai City, Osaka (inside Daisen Park). It is open from 9:30 a.m. to 5:15 p.m. daily except on Mondays (It is open if it falls on a Japanese holiday). The fee for the regular exhibition is ¥200 per adult. You may contact them at +81-72-245-6201. The Sakai City Museum is a 6-minute walk from JR Mozu Station.
Say a prayer at the Nintoku Emperor Kofun Haisho.
The Nintoku Emperor is believed to be resting in this tomb. It's about 486 meters long, making it one of the biggest tombs in Japan. It is also among the three biggest tombs in the world, along with King Kufu’s pyramid and the Mausoleum of the First Qin Emperor.
This prayer spot is where you can feel the closest to the Nintoku Emperor Kofun.
At Nintoku Emperor Kofun Haisho, there are Sakai volunteer tour guides from 10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
Nintoku Emperor Kofun Haisho is located at 7 Daisen Town, Sakai District, Sakai City, Osaka and is open at any time of the day. You may contact them at +81-120-099-771. It is an 8-minute walk from JR Mozu Station.
Indulge in Japanese sweets at Asahido Sogen.
Asahido Sogen is a Japanese confectionery shop that opened in 1964. The confections, mostly carefully made by the second owner, are quite popular among the locals. The shop offers standard and simple sweets like sekihan, komochi, ohagi, and kofun uiro, as well as seasonal ones.
The Kofun uiro (¥162 per piece) is characterized by an elegant sweetness and matcha scent.
Asahido Sogen is located at 1/F Yoshioka Building, 1-13-16 Oka, Fujiidera City, Osaka. It is open from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. You may contact them at +81-72-955-9316. It is a 5-minute walk from Kintetsu Fujiidera Station.
Buy pasalubong at Mozu An.
Mozu An is a souvenir shop near Nintoku Emperor Kofun. You can find more than 100 pasalubong-worthy goods here such as reusable bags, accessories, macarons, and konyaku.
The most popular item is the Haniwa Rice Crackers (¥864, top middle in photo).
Mozu An is located at 2-150-4 Mozusekiun Town, Sakai District, Sakai City, Osaka (Shuzuka Kofun Hiroba in Daisen Park). It is open every day from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. You may contact them at +81-72-350-5899. It is a 2-minute walk from JR Mozu Station.
Ride a shuttle bus and tour around Kofungun.
Shuttle buses, traveling from Sakai City Museum to Kintetsu Hajinosato Station and Habikino Shiyakusho Mae, will be available until March 29, 2020. However, take note that the buses will be out of service on weekdays from November 5 to March 19, as well as at the end and beginning of the year.
The fee costs ¥600 per adult and ¥300 per child. Riding only from Hajinosato Station to Habikino Shiyakusho Mae is not available. The bus route is from Sakai City Museum to Hajinosato Station or Habikino Shiyakusho Mae.
There will also be another shuttle bus on weekends and national holidays, until December 29, that will run from Nankai Sakai Station or Sakai Higashi Station to Sakai City Museum. It takes about 12 minutes of travel from Nankai Sakai Station and 10 minutes from Sakai Higashi Station to get to Sakai City Museum.
Provided by Japan Walker™, Walkerplus™, and Kansai Walker™ (24 September 2019)