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Musashi kokufu Ato(Remains of Provincial Office of Musashi)

A once former hub and politcal center of the region.

Sightseeing

"Kokufu" are the capitals of the over 60 different capital cities set up from the early Nara to mid-Heian Periods (approx 8th to 10th century) to centralize political administration.

Fuchu City is the location of the Kokufu capital of the old Musashi Province, the land that sits on present-day Tokyo, Saitama, and parts of Kanagawa Prefecture. It served as a key center for land and water transport, as well as a central hub for politics, economy and culture.

At the center of the Kokufu sat an area called the "Kokuga", the center area that housed most administrative buildings and the national government office.
After a painstaking, 30-year excavation, it was found that the grounds of Okunitama-jinja Shrine and the area just east of it were home to the old Kokuga District. The archeological dig also unearthed the discovery of a large building believed to be the head ministry office.

Next to the signboard stand a number of different vermillion pillars, which are used as markers to show the original location of the building pillars located during the excavation.

Highlights

  • This site is homes to the ruins of the former government halls that ran the surrounding lands some 1,000 to 1,300 years ago.
  • The vermillion pillars allow you to imagine the size and scope of the original building as it was.
  • Next to the main road of the historic ruins, there is also a vermillion colored circle that you won't want to miss.

Photos

  • Musashi kokufu Ato

    Musashi kokufu Ato

  • The bright, eye-catching color of the vermillion pillars.

    The bright, eye-catching color of the vermillion pillars.

  • The red cicles on the ground also depict the location of the original building's pillars.

    The red cicles on the ground also depict the location of the original building's pillars.

  • Full view of the Kokufu remains

    Full view of the Kokufu remains

  • Main entrance

    Main entrance

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Details

Name in Japanese
武蔵国府跡
Postal Code
183-0023
Address
2-5-3 Miyamachi, Fuchu City, Tokyo
Admission
Free
Closed
New Years Holidays
Open Hours
9:00am-5:00pm
Access
(1) 7 min. walk from Fuchu Station on the Keio Line
(2) 7 min. walk from Fuchu-hommachi Station on the JR Musashino & Nambu Lines.
Official Website
Official Website (Japanese)