The Jomon Archaeological Sites in Hokkaido and Northern Tohoku are located in Hokkaido and northern Tohoku regions in the Japanese archipelago, both of them are across the Tsugaru Strait. There are 18 sites in all, featuring remnants (e.g., settlements, shell middens, wetlands) that provide vivid insights into Jomon people’s living situations as well as numerous monuments (e.g., stone circles, earthwork burial circles) that highlight the rituals and spiritual activities performed in different phases of the Jomon period (Incipient, Initial, Early, Middle, Late and Final).
Many of the sites have rich natural environments including vegetation and terrain reminiscent of the Jomon period. Artifacts showing the status of excavations along with potsherds, clay figurines and other artifacts representing the masterpieces created by Jomon people are on display in nearby guidance facilities and museums.
Why not visit the Jomon sites and see how Jomon people lived?
Kiusu Earthwork Burial Circles
A site with large-scale earthwork burial circles made by digging circular pits and piling the excavated soil around them
A representative settlement site in the Jomon period which had a huge impact on people’s views on the Jomon period
A settlement site where numerous outstanding lacquerware and wooden artifacts were unearthed
A typical settlement site from which the name of the Kamegaoka culture is derived
17Special Historic site
Oyu Stone Circles
A typical Japanese site featuring the two large stone circles of Manza and Nonakado
Search by Phase
|Jomon period (periodization)|
|Choshichiyachi Shell Midden|
|Kitakogane Shell Midden|
|Tagoyano Shell Midden|
|Futatsumori Shell Midden|
|Irie-Takasago Shell Midden|
|Kiusu Earthwork Burial Circles|
|Oyu Stone Circles|
Points to Note for Site Inspection
- No cars, motorbikes or bicycles are allowed on the sites.
- Stay within the designated areas.
- Refrain from eating and drinking while viewing the sites.
- Pets are not allowed on the sites (except guide dogs, service dogs and hearing dogs).
- Please take trash home.
- Smoking is prohibited on all sites except in designated areas.
- Follow the instructions set by individual sites and guidance facilities.
Thank you for your support in helping to pass these precious treasures on to future generations.