Yakumotatsu Fudoki-no-Oka

Izumo (modern Matsue), Japan

Fudoki no Oka are provincial-level archaeological parks; "Yakumotatsu" is a poetic reference to the clouds of Izumo. This view, from an observation point on the museum roof, shows part of the park with kofun (upper right) and reconstructed houses. Inside the museum there are substantial displays of haniwa horses, bronze bells, daggers, and pottery.

Izumo is one of the longest-settled areas in Japan; its written records and kofun date back to the 7th century.