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Sakai City is striving to have Mozu-Furuichi Kofungun inscribed as a World Heritage site.

Mozu Kofungun
Mozu Kofungun

Mozuno —the field of Mozu— located in present-day Sakai, is where kofun (ancient mounded tombs) built 1,600 years ago still remain.
At the peak of kofun construction that involved most of the Japanese archipelago, Mozuno, an area not far from Osaka Bay, became home to some of the largest keyhole-shaped kofun ever built.
Smaller kofun of various shapes were often built around these giant keyhole tombs, forming the kofungun (kofun group) seen today.
Each kofun is a precious historical legacy communicating Japan’s past to those of us living today and a heritage of global significance illuminating a page in Japanese history.
Sakai City is working toward the inscription of Mozu-Furuichi Kofungun ancient tomb group on the World Heritage List in order to better protect this site for posterity and turn it into an asset for the city’s community-development efforts.

Profile of Mozu-Furuichi Kofungun

Notable tombs in Mozu Kofungun

Features of Mozu Kofungun

Bid for World Heritage status


1600 years of History Toward the Registration of the Mozu-Furuichi Kofungun Ancient Tumulus Clusters as a World Heritage Site

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Webpage of the Conference Headquarters for the Promotion of Mozu-Furuichi Kofungun for World Cultural Heritage Inscription.

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