Ishibutai Tomb

Ishibutai Tomb, Asuka-mura

Ishibutai Tomb
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Historic Sites • Points of Interest & Landmarks • Cemeteries
8:30 AM - 5:00 PM
Monday
8:30 AM - 5:00 PM
Tuesday
8:30 AM - 5:00 PM
Wednesday
8:30 AM - 5:00 PM
Thursday
8:30 AM - 5:00 PM
Friday
8:30 AM - 5:00 PM
Saturday
8:30 AM - 5:00 PM
Sunday
8:30 AM - 5:00 PM

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kirstine2013
Albuquerque, NM765 contributions
Nov 2019 • Friends
Two hours by car from Osaka into pretty mountainous scenery is this tomb consisting of 30 huge stones reminiscent of megalithic sites in Europe. Located within a park (free parking but 300 yen to visit tomb) the tomb is built on a small man made hill outside of which is a moat. More exciting was to be able to walk down the passage and into the tall tomb itself. Pleasant restaurant and cafes nearby.
Written December 7, 2019
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Raphyx
Lyon, France52 contributions
Apr 2019 • Solo
Not much apart of the tumb. Nothing else than the stones. Sakuras surround the place which are nice when open. 300¥ to walk around.
Written April 2, 2019
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DineeC10
11 contributions
Oct 2018 • Couples
Just amazing how this was built with such limited technology. Being able to walk into the crypt was a bonus I was not expecting.
Written October 2, 2018
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BarkCat
Christchurch, New Zealand37 contributions
Jan 2018 • Family
After seeing the other tumuli in Asuka, it was interesting to be able to see the massive stone structure underneath and actually be able to walk inside it. It doesn't require a long visit and I wouldn't suggest going to Asuka just to look at it but if you are in town it is definitely worth seeing.
Written September 29, 2018
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MILOUW
New York City, NY1,185 contributions
Sep 2018 • Couples
Originally buried in a tumulus, this tomb consists in an assemblage of large stone blocks,one can enter the large space that they cover.
Written September 24, 2018
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seven39
Osaka, Japan271 contributions
Apr 2018
When I first came to Japan, 45 years ago this was not so famous, but today it is the largest attraction in Asuka. Very similar to Stonehenge in UK.
Written April 26, 2018
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DYA717
Honolulu9,267 contributions
Oct 2017 • Solo
Very impressive tomb one can walk inside. Brochures/books are on sale for those interested in details of the history of the place.
Written October 27, 2017
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LaTinoco
California241 contributions
May 2017 • Couples
We took a limited express kintetsu train from Kyoto Station to Asuka and rented bikes to explore for a day. We had a delightful, free English guide who had picked up English at age 50 and used tours to practice.

As Asuka is both the first capital of Japan and birthplace of Buddhism in Japan, it is LOADED with ancient sites, most of which are 1600 years old. This tomb is the biggest. I found this tomb to seem so out of place in Japan because it's the kind of humongous ancient construction I'd expect to find in the British Isles. It made it so interesting and surreal. It's the largest megalithic structure in Japan. This was built in the 600's and they believe it housed the body of Soga no Umako who was instrumental in spreading Buddhism throughout the country. Walking into it seemed surreal and gives an entirely different perspective of historic Japan.

Very, very interesting site.
Written October 8, 2017
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Barry C
Sleaford, UK476 contributions
May 2017 • Couples
The Ishibutai Tumulus was one of the destinations
on a coach trip which we took from Nara.

Thought to date from the early 7th Century, this ancient
tomb consists of a central burial chamber, which can be
entered from the far end, covered by a mound of huge
stones. It is not known how these great boulders were
manoeuvred into position.

There are two restaurants near to the site, which enabled
us to have lunch before rejoining the coach party to set
off to the next destination.

Not much else to see in the immediate vicinity, so best to
view as part of a coach trip, as 10 to 15 minutes is adequate
to visit the tomb.
Written June 15, 2017
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Kimitaka S
Taichung, Taiwan11,340 contributions
Aug 2016
Ishibutai, ancient tomb, is one of the main attractions in Asuka areas. Its treasures were robbed long time ago, and now we can just see the compound of large stones like Stonehenge. It ignites our curiosity about the ancient times.
Written November 8, 2016
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