Tomb of Emperor Nintoku

Osaka, Kansai

Romanticism for ancient times
One of 3 largest tombs in the world

The tomb of Emperor Nintoku is one of the three largest tombs in the world. The other two are the tomb of Qin Shi Huang and the pyramid of King Khufu. The tomb of Emperor Nintoku was built in the middle of the fifth century. Although the tomb was undoubtedly dedicated to a person with the highest power in Japan at that time, there is no proof to acknowledge it as that of Emperor Nintoku. Archeologically, therefore, it is called in different ways such as Daisenryo or Daisenryo Kofun. But it is commonly known as the tomb of Emperor Nintoku. Local people call the tomb by endearing names like “Goryo-san” and “Nintoku-san.”

The tomb is about 486 meters long and its front part is about 307 meters wide and around 35.8 meters high. It is surrounded by triple moats. The Imperial Household Agency, which manages the tomb, allows visitors to go up to the front worshiping place. Unauthorized entry beyond the place is prohibited.

The amount of dirt used to construct the tomb is estimated equivalent to 270,000 10-ton trucks. The scale of the tomb is surprising as it took nearly 16 years for completion, supposing 2,000 people worked for it per day. It looks like a small hill if viewed from a close range. The full view of the tomb is possible from the 21st-floor observation deck of a high-rise building in the Sakai City Hall complex and from the land bridge south of West Japan Railway Co.’s Mozu Station.


Daisen Tow, Sakai Ward, Sakai City, Osaka
Admission Fee
Free (outside bar)
Note: Inside of the tomb is close to the public. While it is difficult to have a full view of the tomb with the naked eye, there are three good viewing points -- land bridge south of Nagayama Kofun, land bridge south of Mozu Station and 21st floor observation deck of high-rise building in Sakai City Hall complex

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