Hashihaka kofun

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A model of Hashihaka kofun, showing both the tree-covered appearance, and the underlying manmade structure. National Museum of Japanese History.
  • Date: c. 3rd-4th century CE
  • Japanese: 箸墓古墳 (Hashihaka kofun)

Hashihaka kofun, a burial mound near Nara, dating to the 3rd or 4th century CE, is one of the largest of the earliest keyhold-shaped (zenpô kôen) kofun. The mound is about 280 meters long.

The site is said to be possibly the grave of Yamato Totohi Momoso-hime, a figure from the Nihon shoki. Other theories suggest that Hashihaka is the grave of Himiko, and/or that Himiko and Totohi Momoso-hime were the same person.


  • Gallery labels, Model of Hashihaka Burial Mound, National Museum of Japanese History.
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