A journey to meet Empress Saimei

Japan HeritageMausoleum of Empress Saimei

There are some who believe that this is where Saimei was buried, along with her daughter Princess Hashihito. The mausoleum is located on top of a hill up a flight of stone steps. Also believed to be buried nearby is Saimei’s granddaughter Princess Ota. Empress Saimei traveled by sea to Kyushu (in western Japan) with the intent of reinstating the Baekje kingdom in Korea. But before she could lead her followers into the decisive battle, she died at age 68 and was laid to rest here.


Kurumaki, Takatori-cho
5 min. walk from Gunkaibashi stop on Nara Kotsu bus