Experience the mystery of the land of the rising sun
At the burial place of ancient royal personage
There are tumuli everywhere in Miyazaki that is rich with ancient myths. Among them, Saitobaru Kofungun is one of the largest groups of tumuli on a 70-meter-high hill running from south to north in the east of Saito, Miyazaki. A part of them are designated as special historic tumuli. 311 tumuli of various sizes scattered across the hill are reminder of the prosperity of ancient persons in power. Tumuli of different styles are scattered around Osahozuka believed to be the grave of Ninigi-no-mikoto and Mesahozuka believed to be the grave of his wife Konohanasakuya-hime (both managed by the Imperial Household Agency). They indicate the existence of multiple powers that continued to build these large-scale tumuli.
175 m-long and 18 m high at the round part, Osahozuka is the largest scallop-shaped mound in Japanese Archpelago. 180 m-long Mesahozuka (15 m high at the round part) is one of the largest mounds in Kyushu. Both are under the jurisdiction of the Imperial Household Agency and closed to the public. Oni no Iwaya is the only tumulus left in a perfect condition in Japan and you can see the inside. However, most of the tumuli are preserved without excavation.
Many mysteries of Saitobaru Kofungun remain unsolved today in the 21st century; for whom they were built and for what purpose, for example. One thing we can say for sure is that they were graves of ancient superstars.
Address: Terahara, Saito, Miyake, Miyazaki
Phone: 0983-41-1557(Saito City Tourist Association)
Hours open to visitors: Open every day of the year.
Admission Fee: free
Directions: (Train) Take a Miyako bus at Miyazaki Station on the JR Nippou Honsen (45 flight from Fukuoka Airport and 10 minutes from Miyazaki Airport,) get off at Departo-mae, change to a Miyako bus for Saito, ride for 50 minutes and get off at Saito Bus Center. (Car) 10 minutes from Saito Interchange on the Higashi Kyushu Expressway.