Ancient Burial Mounds in Fukuoka! (Hakata & South Area)2017.01.17
The most famous burial mound in Japan is Daisenryo Kofun in Osaka, so you may not expect similar sites in Fukuoka.
However, with over 2,000 years of history, Fukuoka actually has several burial mound sites, which are easily accessible from the city. Here are some of the most notable burial mound sites in the city.
Explore a Burial Mound Located in a Shrine
The Naka Hachiman Kofun is located in the grounds of Naka Hachimangu Shrine in Hakata Ward. It is the largest burial mound that has been discovered in the region. This burial mound is estimated to be more than 75 meters long and 8 meters high. This burial mound was built in the early 4th century, and the shrine was built over it later on. Artifacts such as copper mirrors were found in the burial chambers of the mound.
Naka Hachiman Kofun
Enter a Cavernous Stone Chamber. Explore a Burial Mound Enshrining the God Acala
Kanenokuma in Hakata Ward has a large burial mound called “Imazato Fudo Kofun” which is 34 meters in diameter and 9 meters in height. It was built between the late 6th century and early 7th century. The shape of the mound can hardly be seen as it is covered by a grove of trees, but in one area, large granite rocks have been arranged to make a chamber, which is open to the public. The full length of the mound is 11.2 meters and it is one of the largest in the region. In the back of the chamber you can find statues of the god Acala. Visitors can explore or make an offering and say a prayer.
Explore a Burial Mound in the Suburbs
“Umebayashi Kofun” is located in the Bairin residential area in Jonan Ward. As this hill mound has been restored, visitors can tell at a glance that the mound originally had a keyhole shape. It is 27 meters long and 3 meters high, which is rather small for a mound, and it was probably built in the late 5th century. Although the area around the mound has been developed as a historical park, it is a little strange to see the residential buildings so close to the mound.
As you can see, ancient burial mounds can be found all around you in Fukuoka. Why don’t you add a walk to an ancient burial mound to the plans for your visit?