The announcement has been made that the mounded tombs known as the Mozu-Furuichi Kofun Group have been officially added to the UNESCO World Heritage list. Kofun are ancient burial mounds or tumuli, many with a distinctive keyhole shape, that were characteristic of the mid-3rd to late 6th centuries, lending its name to what became known as the Kofun period. The largest of which, the Nintoku-tennoryo Kofun, is comparable in size to that of the Great Pyramid of Khufu in Egypt. Now that these important historical sites have been recognized globally as precious cultural assets, Osaka hopes that more travelers will venture to see the impressive mounds which are located just 45 minutes away from Kansai International Airport.
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