Kujo main road at the southern end of Heian-Kyo
An excavation survey in Kyoto City for the first time confirmed the “Kujo-Oji” on the southern edge of Heian-kyo, the capital of the Heian era, and a part of the wall. The research institute says that it will lead to the elucidation of the whole picture of Heiankyo.
This excavation was started in December last year at the site of a high school in Minami-ku, Kyoto, by the Kyoto City Research Institute for Buried Cultural Properties.
According to the survey, a large road surface developed in the Heian era was found, and it was seen from the past literature that it was seen as a “Kujo Daiji” running east and west on the southern edge of Heiankyo.
On both sides of the road, a gutter with a width of about 1 meter was found, and as a result, it was found that the road width at that time was about 30 meters.
In addition, on the south side of the road, we found a ruin of the foundation that is considered to be part of the wall of Heiankyo called “Rajo”.
As a result, it was found that the wall continued to 600 meters to the west of Luojomon, the gateway to the city.
Takao Minami, Research Director of the Kyoto City Research Institute for Buried Cultural Properties, said, “It was the first time that thousands of Heiankyo excavations were conducted, and it was the first time that traces of Kujo Daiji and Rajo were confirmed. This is an important achievement in thinking about the overall picture. "