Many Visitors At Site Chosen As World Heritage


Many visitors at site chosen as World Heritage

Many people are visiting one of a group of burial mounds in Osaka Prefecture, western Japan, that has been added to the list of World Cultural Heritage sites.

The Mozu-Furuichi Tumulus Clusters, which span the cities of Sakai, Habikino and Fujiidera, consist of 49 mounds built in the late fourth and fifth centuries.

A UNESCO committee decided on Saturday to include the sites on the list.

At one of the mausoleums in the city of Sakai, many people were taking photos and listening to briefings by volunteer guides on Sunday morning.

The mausoleum is officially called "Daisen Kofun," and is the largest keyhole-shaped tomb in Japan.

The Imperial Household Agency believes it is the mausoleum of Emperor Nintoku.

A man in his 30s said he came to the mausoleum to see it with his own eyes. He said he had seen it in a textbook, and was surprised to see its tremendous size.

A museum in the city is holding an special exhibition that displays about 300 items excavated at the mounds.

They include cylinder-shaped clay figures known as "haniwa" artifacts.

Some of the items are kept by the agency and usually cannot be seen by the public.

A local high school student said she visited the museum for the first time in a while because she heard about the committee's decision.

She said she hopes the city will have many visitors.