Tuesday, August 30, 2011
Top of the hill (Shibamaruyama Kofun)
Going up is not too difficult. The slope is not steep and the scenery is nice. Really did make me feel like I wasn't in Tokyo, one of the most populous cities in the world.
On the way to the top I come across something interesting.
Turns out this tiger monument is most likely the one dedicated to an LDP politician. It appears newer than other objects on and around Shiba Maruyama.
I reach the highest part of the mound. Sadly parts of the mound have been removed over the year. Originally it was in a keyhole shape but construction around it has changed that shape a bit.
They did excavate a little on the top of the round part but did not find a tomb. Either it is much deeper or was removed when the top was taken off during the Edo period. At one time there was tea pavilion up here.
There are a couple monuments on the top of the kofun. I believe the one with the map of Japan is dedicated to Tadataka Ino, Edo surveyor, cartographer and maker of the first map of Japan.
This rock is so worn the kanji is not that visible.
The view towards Zojo-ji.