A journey to meet Empress Suiko

Japan HeritageMaruyama Kofun Tumulus

This is believed to be one of the resting places of Empress Suiko’s parents, Emperor Kinmei and his consort, Kitashi-hime. The remains of Emperor Kinmei and Kitashi-hime are hypothesized to be in a mausoleum at one of two locations: either in the Maruyama Kofun tumulus in Kashihara or at the Kinmei Tenno-ryo in Asuka. The Nihon Shoki, an ancient book of Japanese history, states that when Empress Suiko reburied her mother, she delivered a eulogy on the road at Karu (now Ogaru, Kashihara). But the book does not give the location of the mausoleum. So which is their final resting place? The truth lies buried deep inside the two mausoleums...


Gojono-cho and Ogaru-cho, Kashihara-shi
4 min. walk from Kintetsu Okadera Station