Walking on Drift Ice
Just west of Saito, a city in the center of Miyazaki Prefecture, on a diluvium plateau stretching from north to south at around 60 m above sea level, stand the Saitobaru Burial Mounds. 2.6 km wide from east to west and 4.2 km from north to south, this area contains more than 300 kofun (ancient Japanese burial mounds). There are various types of kofun, such as circular, keyhole-shaped, square and underground, which are believed to have been constructed in the Kofun Period around 1,700 years ago. It achieved official recognition in 1952 from the Japanese government, and as the first designated "historic hill," this historic landscape where the burial mounds and nature are in harmony has been preserved. In spring, around 2,000 cherry blossom trees and 8 ha of rapeseed bloom, and in autumn cosmos flower, creating a landscape that is beautiful throughout the year. The Saitobaru Archaeological Museum is nearby and is also becoming a popular tourist destination.
Admission: The Saitobaru Archaeological Museum near the site has free admission
Address: Miyake Terabaru, Saito, Miyazaki Prefecture
Airport: Miyazaki Airport
15 minutes by car from Saito IC, Higashikyushu Expressway