Mozu-Furuichi Kofungun,Ancient Tumulus Clusters and Takenouchi Highway Area

Mozu-Furuichi Kofungun, Ancient Tumulus Clusters, are ancient burial mounds constructed between the late 4th century and the early 6th century and include the tombs of Emperor Nintoku and Emperor Ojin, as well as other ancient tombs of varying sizes, and are looking to be awarded World Heritage Site status. Nearby is the oldest highway in Japan, the Takenouchi Highway, along which you will find historical establishments such as temples connected to Prince Shotoku.

Mozu-Furuichi Kofungun, Ancient Tumulus Clusters: Nintoku-tenno-ryo Kofun, Ojin-tenno-ryo Kofun

Next to King Khufu's Pyramid and the Mausoleum of the First Qin Emperor, Nintoku-tenno-ryo Kofun is one of the three largest tombs in the world. Constructed in the mid 5th century, it is 486m long and is the largest keyhole-shaped tumulus in Japan. At Sakai City Museum, in the adjacent Daisen Park, you can experience its grandeur on a 200-inch-large screen.
In the Furuichi Kofungun, Ancient Tumulus Clusters, there are many graves of varying sizes scattered around, including the second largest tumulus in Japan that belongs to Emperor Ojin. In the nearby Osaka Prefectural Chikatsu Asuka Museum, there are many artifacts on display, including earthenware and haniwa terracotta figures that were buried in the tomb. In the future, the Mozu-Furuichi Kofungun Burial Grounds hope to be awarded World Heritage Site status.

Takenouchi Highway – Japan's Oldest Highway

The Takenouchi highway was a road that brought the rich culture of China and the Korean Peninsula – including foreign envoys – to ancient Asuka (modern day Nara), which was said to be an ending point of the Silk Road.

Sakai City Traditional Crafts Museum

Here you can learn about Sakai's traditional industries including incense, chusen cotton, rugs, kelp, bicycles and Japanese confectionery and pick up some rare items and souvenirs from the gift shop. The facility also houses the Sakai Hamono (Knife) Museum where various rare and professional knives and scissors forged from famous Sakai steel are on display.

Sakai Risho No Mori – Sakai Plaza of Rikyu and Akiko

The museum promotes the charm of Sakai's culture and history through an exhibition of the life and work of two of its most famous figures, tea ceremony master Sen no Rikyu and the mother of modern Japanese literature, Akiko Yosano.

INSIDER TIPS

Tower Knives

Sakai is best-known for its knives (and before that, its swords). Chefs from around the world covet the quality of the steel produced here. Try out some knives yourself at the English-speaking knife shop Tower Knives and take home your own little slice of Sakai.

SEASONAL ATTRACTIONS

  • FALL

    Moon Viewing Festival

    Mozu-hachimangu Shrine

  • FALL

    Sakai Festival

    Oshoji-suji Street, Nanshuji Temple, Daisen Park, Xavier Park and Others

  • FALL

    Fall Leaves in Daisen Park

    Daisen Park

  • WINTER

    Rikyu Memorial Tea Ceremony

    Nanshuji Temple

ACCESS

  • Train or Subway
  • Boat or Ferry
  • Walk
  • Car or Taxi
  • Bus

From Kansai International Airport

45 minor 50 min

From JR Osaka Station

30 min40 min

From JR Sakaishi Station

  • 1.Nintoku-tenno-ryo Kofun

    15 minor 30 minor 3 min> Mozu Sta. > 5 min

  • 2.Ojin-tenno-ryo Kofun

    40 minor 8 min> Tennoji Sta. > 3 min> Osaka-Abenobashi Sta. > 15 min> Furuichi Sta. > 15 minne

  • 3.Sakai City Traditional Crafts Museum

    15 min40 minor 1 min> Mikunigaoka Sta. > 2 min> Sakaihigashi Sta. > 15 min

  • 4.Sakai Risho No Mori

    10 min40 minor 1 min> Mikunigaoka Sta. > 2 min> Sakaihigashi Sta. > 15 min

※Travel times are provided as a guide only. Actual travel times may differ.

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