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Tomb of Emperor Nintoku (Daisenryo Kofun)

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

Published 12/20/2010

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. Go to the free 21st floor observatory in the Sakai City Hall complex for an impressive aerial view of the tomb.

Sight Information


7-1 Daisen-cho, Sakai-shi, Osaka-fu, 590-0035, Japan

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Sight Details:

  • Free

Published 12/20/2010


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