Ishibutai Tumulus

The ancient tomb with Japan's biggest horizontal stone chamber structure

The ancient tomb with Japan's biggest horizontal stone chamber structure

This impressive megalith is believed to be the tomb of Soga no Umako, a powerful figure who worked closely with Prince Shotoku in the Asuka period to promote Buddhism. At first, it was thought to be a stage for performances, but parts of a sarcophagus were found inside in the 1930’s. You can walk inside and marvel at the 75 tonne stone that forms the roof. In springtime, the area is illuminated and live music concerts are held under the cherry blossom trees.

Information

Address
254 Shimasho, Asuka, Takaichi, Nara, 634-0112
Access
From Kintetsu Kashihara Jingumae Station South Exit: Take the bus bound for Asuka Station and alight at Ishibutai. From JR/Kintetsu Sakurai Station South Exit: Take the bus bound for Ishibutai and alight at Ishibutai stop. From Kintetsu Asuka Station: Take the bus bound for Kashihara Jingumae Eki Higashiguchi and alight at Ishibutai.
Hours
8:30-17:00
Holidays
None
Admission
Adults 250 yen
High school students 200 yen
Junior school students 150 yen
Elementary school students 100 yen
Website
https://www.visitnara.jp/venues/A00524/