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What are kofun? Kofun literally means “old grave”. They are ancient Japanese burial mound built between the early 3rd century and early 7th century AD.

There are many of these tombs in Kyushu. Posts on this page are related to Kofun and include my trips to various Kofun mounds around Kyushu.

Mizumachi Ruins Park (水町遺跡公園)

Mizumachi Ruins Park in Nogata city, Fukuoka prefecture is home to a big group of Kofun tombs. Over 70 tombs were built here from the middle of the 6th century to the late 7th century. I was impressed with the size of the burial mound. The tombs are divided into 2 groups either side of…

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