A world-class cluster of giant mounded tombs. Osaka’s first cultural World Heritage site!
The Furuichi Kofun Group, which stretches over a four square kilometer area from the city of Fujiidera to the city of Habikino in the southeastern part of Osaka Prefecture, is one of Japan’s representative kofun groups, along with the Mozu Kofun Group in the city of Sakai. The Furuichi Kofun Group consists of a total of 123 kofun (mounded tombs), including 31 keyhole-shaped, 30 round-shaped, 48 square-shaped, and 14 of unknown shape. Among these, there are six giant keyhole-shaped kofun with a mound length exceeding 200 meters. The kofun are known to have been formed between the late 4th century and mid-6th century. The Furuichi Kofun Group, together with the Mozu Kofun Group in the city of Sakai, was inscribed on the World Heritage Tentative List in 2010. On May 14, 2019, the UNESCO Advisory Body ICOMOS recommended that the “Mozu-Furuichi Kofun Group” be inscribed on the World Heritage List. Then, at the 43rd session of the UNESCO World Heritage Committee held on July 6 that year, the Mozu-Furuichi Kofun Group became the first cultural site in Osaka and the 23rd in Japan to be inscribed on the World Heritage List.