Western Honshū

The 5th-century Tsukuriyama-kofun is the fourth-biggest kofun tomb (keyhole-shaped burial mound) in Japan. It's thought to mark the final resting place of a local king who ruled the Kibi region when this area was a rival power to the Yamato court (which eventually came to rule the country).

This is one of the key sights on the Kibiji bicycle route.

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Nearby Western Honshū attractions

1. Bitchū Kokobun-ji

1.37 MILES

A highlight on the Kibiji bicycle route, this temple has a picturesque five-storey, 34m pagoda – famed for being the last pagoda to be built in Japan. The…

2. Kibitsu-jinja

2.66 MILES

This sprawling Shintō shrine is dedicated to an ancient warrior who subdued a local demon-bandit called Ura and brought the area under central control…

3. Achi-jinja

5.52 MILES

Steep stone steps lead up to this shrine in Tsurugata-yama-kōen, a park that overlooks the old area of town. The shrine is home to a wisteria tree thought…

4. Kanryū-ji

5.57 MILES

Buddhist temple on the edge of Tsurugata-yama-kōen park, with fine views across town.

5. Hon-ei-ji

5.58 MILES

Buddhist temple with interesting wooden carvings of animal spirits in the eaves, near Kurashiki's Bikan quarter. Enter from the side street off Honmachi…

6. Ōhashi House

5.68 MILES

Built in 1793, this beautifully restored wooden house belonged to one of Kurashiki's richest families. It was built at a time when prosperous merchants…

7. Ōhara Museum of Art

5.69 MILES

This is Kurashiki's premier museum, housing the predominantly Western art collection amassed by local textile magnate Ōhara Magosaburō (1880–1943), with…

8. Kurabō Memorial Hall


Learn about the history of the Japanese textile industry at this museum at historic Ivy Square.