The Kansai Region Sights

Daisenryo Kofun (Nintoku Mausoleum)

  • 7–1 Daisen-cho Map It
  • Sakai-shi
  • Archaeological Site/Ruins

Published 12/10/2015

Fodor's Review

The 4th-century mausoleum of Emperor Nintoku is in the city of Sakai, southeast of Osaka. The mausoleum was built on an even larger scale than that of the pyramids of Egypt—archaeologists calculate that the central mound of this site covers 1.3 million square feet. Construction took more than 20 years and required a total workforce of about 800,000 laborers. Japan has been pushing hard to have the mausoleum declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Surrounding the Emperor's burial place are three moats and pine, cedar, and cypress trees. You can walk around the outer moat to get an idea of the size of the mausoleum and the grounds. From Tenno-ji Station, take the JR Hanwa Line to Mozu Station (a half-hour ride). From there the mausoleum is within a five-minute walk.

Sight Information


7–1 Daisen-cho, Sakai-shi, Sakai-shi, 590-0035, Japan

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Sight Details:

  • Free
  • Daily sunrise–sunset

Published 12/10/2015


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