Kofun

Kofun (古墳, from Sino-Japanese "ancient grave") are megalithic tombs or tumuli in Japan, constructed between the early 3rd century and the early 7th century AD. They gave their name to the Kofun period (middle 3rd century - early-middle 6th century). Many of the Kofun have distinctive keyhole-shaped mounds (zenpo-koenfun (前方後円墳?)), which are unique to ancient Japan. The Mozu-Furuichi kofungun or tumuli clusters have been proposed for inscription on the UNESCO World Heritage List, while Ishibutai Kofun is one of a number in Asuka-Fujiwara similarly residing on the Tentative List.

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Asuka, Yamato - Archaeology
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Inariyama Kofun
... The Inariyama Kofun (稲荷山古墳?) is a keyhole-shaped kofun (tomb), zenpō-kōen-fun, located in Gyōda, Saitama ... It is one of the nine kofun clustered in the city ... To avoid confusion, it is occasionally called the Saitama Inariyama Kofun, for kofun with the same name are found in other regions ...
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Ancient Japan - Kofun Period
... The Kofun period began around 250 AD, is named after the large tumulus burial mounds (kofun) that started appearing around that time ... The Kofun period (the "Kofun-Jidai") saw the establishment of strong military states, each of them concentrated around powerful clans (or zoku) ...