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Ishibutai Tomb, Asuka-mura

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Historic Site
Behold the megalithic, ancient grave site of Ishibutai Tomb, believed to date back to the Asuka period (592-710 CE), and the burial site of Soga no Umako--member of the influential Soga clan and tireless proponent of Buddhism. Marvel at the construction techniques employed in hauling these gigantic boulders into their current configuration. Step into the inner chamber of the tomb and inspect the huge ceiling stones: one weighs 60 tons, the other an incredible 77 tons. Add Ishibutai Tomb and other attractions to your Asuka-mura trip itinerary using our Asuka-mura vacation builder.
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  • 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...  more »
  • 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 cu...  more »
  • One of the oldest cultural sights in Japan...Asuka is an easy 45 minute trip from Osaka...but the tomb is a good 45 minute hike or a 20 minute bike ride away from Asuka station...only takes about 10 m...  more »
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  • Ancient burial ground of early Japanese recorded history. Also good to walk nearby areas as there are many ancient carved stones. A small village near by with restaurants and stands.
  • A fascinating glimpse inside a 1400 year old tomb. The park it sits in is also beautiful, much like all of the outskirts of Asuka.
  • Historical site in a cultural and historical intresting Area. We chose to walk through the Area but i would advise to go by bike so you can visit the different sites without the hustle of car parking etc.
  • One of the 75 special historic sites in all of country. Believed to be the tomb of Soga no Umago, a politician that made reforms and promoted Buddhism under Prince Shitoku, who passed June 19th, 626. Very important and extremely historical in this very historical town, but it costs ¥200 and can be appreciated by the most patient person for at most ten minutes. But, to think of the work that was necessary to bring 6o ton and 77 ton boulders 3 km is mind boggling.
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