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Minato city Course (Shirokane-Takanawa)

9 Kamezuka

Historic Site of Tokyo
Landmarked in September 17, 1949
Designated on March 28, 1955
Item changed on May 6, 1983


This name of the mount comes from a legend that there was a sake pot on the top of the mound, and a tortoise to go in and out of here was worshiped with God, but the tortoise of the sake pot became the stone by wind and rain of the single night. Besides, it is said to be the place of legend Takeshiba-dera Temple in "Sarashina Nikki (Sarashina Diary)" written in the Heian period (around 1060).

Kamezuka is an artificial hill which was remarked as a tomb mound by anthropologist Dr. TSUBOI Shogoro in the Meiji period. As a result of several excavations, the dwelling ruins of the late Yayoi period (1st century A.D.) was found under Kamezuka, so it derive to be built after this ruin, but no circumferential groove nor burial facility were found. However, judging from the location and this form, it is likely to be a tomb mound.

Moreover, the ancient settlements were also found along the road of east side to Takanawa Nihon-enoki. Also considering with the legends, there is an explanation of government road running Mita plateau.

In the Edo period, this site belonged to the residence for TOKI Family, Lord of Kozuke-no-kuni Numata Domain (current Gunma prefecture). The second Lord Yorioki built the Kameyama Hi (monument) which was inscribed the legend of "Sarashina Nikki" and "Sake jugs and tortoise". The monument was designated for the cultural property of Minato City.

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