Mimizuka

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Japanese script: 耳塚
Area: Kyoto
Address: Kyoto Prefecture, Kyoto, Higashiyama Ward, Chayacho, 533−1 [map]
Hours: 24 hours a day, 7 days a week
Admission: Free

The name means “Ear Mound” but its former name, Hanazuka (Nose Mound) is more accurate, as this is a mound enshrining the severed noses of slain Korean and Chinese soldiers from Toyotomi Hideyoshi’s campaigns on the Asian mainland. The monument is not well known, even among Japanese people.