Ishibutai Tomb, Asuka-mura

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. To visit Ishibutai Tomb and get the most from your holiday in Asuka-mura, create itinerary details personal to you using our Asuka-mura trip builder app .
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  • A huge stone Dane and located on the top of the Hill. I don't understand the meaning of presence. I have variously seen in Asuka village is one of the highlights.
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  • £ 250 fee will be taken. Put in the grave. Description of how lifted up this big stone had written.
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  • Stone is in a rectangular mound with yokoana estimated early 7th century construction is. Has said that of burial is not known, but the tomb of power of most of the latter half of the 6th century.
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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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