Recommended Spots in Mitaka

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Historical Spots of Mitaka

People have lived in the Mitaka City area from the Stone Age about 35,000 years ago, and there are still remnants of the Jomon Period and graves of the kofun (burial mound) period. The area was also a location for falconry for the Tokugawa clan during the Edo Period. There are many places in Mitaka City where traces of history can be found.

Lifelong Learning Promotion Section Annex

 This annex is scheduled to open in the fall of 2019. Items excavated in Mitaka City, from the Stone Age to the contemporary era, have been preserved and will be on display here, including valuable earthenware vessels, clay dolls and stone implements.
Address: 11-7, Shimorenjaku 9-chome (within Education Center)
Tel: 0422-45-1151 (Ext. 2922)

Deyama Ouketsubo Tombs (lateral hole tombs) No. 8—Preservation/observation facility

 Many ancient graves created by digging caves in the hillside have been excavated in Mitaka City. One has been preserved and is open to the public. Replica human bones are also on display so that you can see how ancient people buried their dead.
Location: Osawa 2-chome, within the Nature Observation Path

Helmet Mound of Shibata Katsuie (Katsuen Jinja Shrine)

 Shibata Katsuie was a military commander who served Oda Nobunaga, and was active during the Warring States Period. This is reportedly the mound where Shibata Katsushige, Shibata Katsuie’s grandson and feudal lord of Sengawa, buried and worshipped Katsuie’s favorite golden helmet. The current mound was built in 1988.
Address: 20-17, Shinkawa 3-chome

Grave of Kondo Isami (Ryugenji Temple)

 This is the grave of Kondo Isami, the leader of the Shinsengumi. Kondo was born near Ryugenji Temple, and became the head of the Tennen Rishin-ryu School of martial arts. He played an active part with Hijikata Toshizo and others in protecting the interests of the shogun in Kyoto during the late Tokugawa shogunate, but was executed at Itabashi execution ground in 1868. His corpse was reportedly carried away in secret and buried at Ryugenji Temple.
Address: 3-11, Osawa 6-chome

Osawa-no Sato Waterwheel Farmhouse/Old Folk House

 Osawa-no Sato Waterwheel Farmhouse features a waterwheel that was constructed during the Edo Period about two centuries ago. Rice grain was cleaned and flour was milled with large mortars and pestles. Osawa-no Sato Old Folk House is a re-creation of a building constructed during the Meiji Period, and from the Meiji through the Showa periods wasabi horseradish was cultivated here. Both buildings convey what life was like long ago. There are scenic sites that are so rich in natural greenery near the facilities, such as Nogawa Park, making it hard to believe you are still in a metropolitan area. It’s an ideal place for a leisurely stroll.
Address: Osawa-no Sato Waterwheel Farmhouse, 10-15, Osawa 6-chome; Osawa-no Sato Old Folk House, 17-3, Osawa 2-chome
Tel: 0422-45-1151 (Ext. 2922)
Fee: ¥200 (a common ticket for both facilities)

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