A journey to meet Empress Jito

Japan HeritageIshigami Site

The remains of a guest house were found here. The Shumisen-seki stone structure and the Sekijinzo stone figure of a man and woman embracing—both of which are believed to have been fountains—were also excavated here. The guest house was most probably built for entertaining the Emishi tribe of Tohoku, the Hayato tribe of southern Kyushu, and overseas envoys who visited during Empress Saimei’s reign. The guest house was a symbol of Saimei’s fervent efforts towards nation-building. It is also said to have been a weapons storehouse during Empress Jito’s reign.


Asuka, Asuka-mura
4 min. walk from Asuka stop on Akakame bus