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Ruin / Grave / Ancient Tomb Spots in Shimane Area

  • Yamashiro Futagozuka Kofun
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    Shimane Matsue-shi Yamashirocho 470-1
    "Measuring 94 meters long, it is the largest rectangular-shaped kofun ancient tomb in the prefecture. Part of it was removed when a former Army infantry was set up, but it is now been restored. It is famous for being the first tomb to be called a ""rectangular-shaped kofun"" in Japan in 1925. The two-level tomb is surrounded by a moat and dike. There is an observation room in the rear where you can see the real embankment, and you can see that a high level of skill was used to make the tomb. It is thought that the burial chief of the eastern part of Izumo is buried in the tomb because cylindrical haniwa clay images and Sue pottery were excavated from the foot of the mound and the surrounding moat."

    山代二子塚古墳のガイダンス施設ですので、見学をする観光地としても人気があります。石室の実物大模型があったり、古墳に関する解説パネルが設置されてますので、学校などの子供の教育の観光地としても有名です。入場料が無料となってますし、大型のバスが止められる駐車場もあります。古代の見物を実際に見ることが出来るので、とても勉強になります。

  • Kojindani Ruins
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    Shimane Pref. Izumoshi Hikawachoukamba 873-8 In Arashi Kamiya Historical Park
    These ruins were discovered in 1983 and 358 bronze swords from the Yayoi period and other bronze ware were excavated. The discovery of six bell-shaped bronze pots and 16 bronze spearheads deepened interest of the Yayoi period. Have fun at the park with reconstructed dwellings and a museum while thinking of the ancient times.
  • Tsukuriyama Burial Mounds
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    Shimane Pref. Yasugishi Arashimachou 1965
    These ancient burial mounds are located in Kodai Izumo Oryo no Oka. No. 1, No. 3 and No. 4 are rectangular-shaped ancient burial mounds. In particular, No. 1 has two layers and is 60 meters long and five meters in height, and is the largest rectangular-shaped ancient burial mound in Japan along with Onaru ancient burial mounds made during 100 years of the early Kofun period (about 250-). It has an impressive pit-hole style stone chamber and artifacts are stored at the Tokyo National Museum. You can climb the stairs of each mound, and you can see the burial mound, Nakaumi Sea and Shimane Peninsula from the observation plaza. Flowering trees including azaleas are planted in the garden and it is perfect for strolls.
  • Ancient Izumo King Tombs Hill
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    Shimane Yasugi-shi Arashimacho 1965
    The area around Arashima Station overlooking Lake Nakaumi has a concentration of tombs built between the Yayoi and Kofun periods. Ancient Izumo King Tombs Hill consists of four parks, including the burial mounds at Chusenji, Miyayama, and Shiotsuyama, as well as the main Tsukuriyama Burial Mound group, one of the largest in the nation. Tombs in the park are all open to public viewing. There are royal tombs from the Yayoi period at Chusenji Park and Miyayama Park and four mounds like a flat-topped burial mound and conjoined rectangular mounds at Tsukuriyama Park. Excavations here showed the tombs in eastern Izumo were four-cornered. Today the site is known as a local recreation spot.
  • Burial Site of Emperor Gotoba
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    Shimane Oki-gun Amacho Ama
    "The final resting place of Emperor Gotoba, who was exiled to Oki after the Jokyu Rebellion. A torii shrine gate stands at the cremation mound in a lush green grove. After his death in 1240 some of the remains were brought to an official mausoleum in Kyoto, but the rest of the ashes were buried at this site. It's about 50 meters from the entrance to the torii gate, but you can't get close as the area is fenced off. Locals still call it ""Gotoban-san"" and it is treated as a sacred place."
  • Izumo Okuni no Haka
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    Shimane Izumo-shi Taishacho Kizukikita 2529
    A graveyard on the way from Izumo Taisha Grand Shrine to Inasa Beach. At the top of the stone stairs from the parking lot on National Route 431, you'll find the tomb of a shrine maiden named Okuni; associated with Izumo Taisha Grand Shrine, she is said to be the originator of today's Kabuki performance art. The simple stone grave is a reminder of Okuni's later years which were spent as a Buddhist nun chanting scripture and reciting poetry. It is said that the dance that was performed throughout the nation to support the repair of Izumo Taisha Grand Shrine during the Azuchi-Momoyama period became the basis of today's Kabuki. Still today performers and others with ties to the art visit to pray for successful performances.
  • Nishidani Burial Mound Park, Izumo Yayoinomori Museum
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    Shimane Izumo-shi Otsucho 2760
    A group of tombs about ten minutes by car from JR Izumoshi Station. Created between the Yayoi and Kofun periods, the Nishidani Burial Mounds are now administered as a park. There is a great concentration of tombs in the area between Hii and Kando rivers. The rectangular burial mounds with four outward protruding corners are said to be the largest in Japan and are known nationally for being the tombs of ancient Izumo's elite. The slopes of all six mounds are covered with stones and they are surrounded by stone paving and rows of rocks. The inside of the No. 2 Tomb where glass bracelets and funerary pottery have been unearthed can be viewed anytime except during the New Year's holiday.
  • Okubo Iwami no Kami Grave
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    Shimane Oda-shi Omoricho Ginzan Chiku-ku
    This is the gravesite of Okubo Nagayasu, the first magistrate of the Iwami Ginzan Silver Mine. The grave, built in 1613, lies at the end of a 10-minute walk through bamboo forest along the Ginzan river, starting at the old Omori magistrate office. Nagayasu took up his post here in 1601, and was tasked with surveying the silver mine territory, as well as building roads and the town. As such, he was integral in building the mine shafts, or mabu, that led to huge increases in silver productivity here. The Okubo Mabu shaft was named after him is the largest shaft in the mine. In 1794, his successes were recognized with a monument and five-tiered gravestone, but these were lost along with Daian-ji temple, the family temple.
  • Uomi Tsuka Ancienct Burial Mound
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    Shimane Matsue-shi Asakumicho
  • Sufu Ancienct Burial Mound
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    Shimane Hamada Chiwacho
  • Yamashiro Futagozuka Ancienct Burial Mound
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    Shimane Matsue-shi Yamashirocho 470-1
  • Tokurenba Ancienct Burial Mound
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    Shimane Matsue-shi Tamayucho Tamatsukuri
  • Hanareyamakofun
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    Shimane Pref. Izumoshi Koshichou
  • Sugaya Ancienct Burial Mound
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    Shimane Matsue-shi Mihonosekicho Moriyama
  • Abe Tani Ancienct Burial Mound
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    Shimane Matsue-shi Okusacho
  • Kamienya Jizoyama Ancienct Burial Mound
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    Shimane Izumo-shi Kamienyacho
  • Kamienya Tsukiyama Ancienct Burial Mound
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    Shimane Izumo-shi Kamienyacho
  • Furu Tenjin Ancienct Burial Mound
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    Shimane Matsue-shi Okusacho
  • Ishiya Ancienct Burial Mound
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    Shimane Matsue-shi Yadacho
  • Sukumodukakofun
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    Shimane Pref. Masudashi Kushirochou

Shimane Areas

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What Shimane prefecture lacks in size and population, it makes up for in scenery and ancient mythology. Izumo-taisha, in the middle of the prefecture, is said to be Japan's oldest Shinto shrine, where stories that delve into the creation of the Japanese race have been passed down over centuries. The 180 Oki Islands, a 40-minute ferry ride north of Sakaiminato, offer an undiscovered paradise well off the beaten track.

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