Giant Keyhole Shaped Burial Mounds in Japan

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The landscape around Kansai, in southern-central Japan, especially around Osaka and Nara, is dotted by curious keyhole-shaped mounds surrounded by moats. These peculiar structures are ancient burial mounds called kofuns.

Daisen Kofun in Sakai. Photo credit: travel.rakuten.com
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Daisen Kofun and other smaller kofuns seen in this satellite photo of Sakai city.
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A kofun in Okayama prefecture. Photo credit: www.okayama-kanko.jp
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The ancient Tannowa Nisanzai Kofun in the town of Misaki, Osaka Prefecture. Photo credit: Japan Times
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Fujinoki Tomb In Ikaruga, Nara Prefecture, Japan. Photo credit: 663highland/Wikimedia
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Fujinoki Tomb In Ikaruga, Nara Prefecture, Japan. Photo credit: 663highland/Wikimedia
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Inside of Ishibutai Kofun in Asuka, Nara. Photo credit: Purple X/Flickr
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Inariyama Kofun, in Gyōda, Saitama. Photo credit: TY/Flickr
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Kofuns in Saitama. Photo credit: yahoo.co.jp

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