Hakodate City, Hokkaido

Historic

Kakinoshima Site

Designated as a historic site on February 7, 2011

Time division - Early-Late
Full view of the earthwork mound

Full view of the earthwork mound

This is a settlement located on a coast terrace facing the Pacific Ocean. It reveals that there was long-term settlement, for approximately 6,000 years from the first half of the Initial Jomon period to the latter half of the Late Jomon period (approx. 7,000 – 1,000 BC).

The world’s earliest lacquerware products were discovered from a pit grave in Kakinoshima Site B, a site from the first half of the Initial Jomon period (approx. 7,000 years ago), when people started settlements. Many artifacts of that time have been excavated, including 17 clay tablets with footprints as burial goods from pit graves of the latter half of the Initial Jomon period (5,000 BC), a lacquered spouted vessel from the latter half of the Late Jomon period and censer-shaped pottery. These artifacts show a high level of technology, a mature society and a rich spiritual culture at that time.

The U-shaped earthwork mound of more than 120 m in length that was constructed toward the end of the Middle Jomon period to the beginning of the Late Jomon period (around 2,000 BC) is one of the largest earthwork mounds in Japan. It is considered to have been used as a place for offerings and other rituals. The remains comprise a valuable monument that visually shows the social and spiritual transitions at the time.

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Basic Information

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Site Location

Usujiri-cho, Hakodate, Hokkaido

Facility Exhibiting Excavated Articles

Hakodate Jomon Culture Center
Address
Usujiri-cho 551-1, Hakodate, Hokkaido, 041-1613
Tel
0138-25-2030 / +81-13-825-2030
Website
Hakodate Jomon Culture Center
Hours
April–October: 9:00–17:00
November–March: 9:00–16:30
Closed
Mondays (the next weekday when Monday is a national holiday)
Year-end and New Year holidays (Dec. 29 – Jan. 3)
Last Friday of each month (facility organization day)
Admission
fee
[Individuals] Adults: 300 yen; students: 150 yen
[Groups of 20 or more] Adults: 240 yen; students: 120 yen
Access
■~60 min. by car form JR Hakodate Station (Hakodate Line)
(~80 min. by Hakodate Bus for Shikabe, Furube and Todohokke, 15 min. on foot)
■~40 min. by car from Hakodate Airport
■~50 min. by car from Mori IC on the Hokkaido Expressway
Access map in Japanese(PDF:159KB)

Inquiries

Hakodate Jomon Culture Center, Cultural Properties Division, Lifelong Learning Department, Hakodate Municipal Board of Education

Address
Usujiri-cho 551-1, Hakodate, Hokkaido, 041-1603
Tel
0138-25-2030 / +81-13-825-2030
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Hakodate Municipal Museum of Ofune Site

This museum exhibits a diorama and photo panels of the Ofune Site as well as panels introducing the Minamikayabe area and efforts made toward the inscription of the Jomon sites on the World Heritage List.

Ofune-cho 575-1, Hakodate, Hokkaido, 041-1622
0138-25-2030 / +81-13-825-2030 (Hakodate Jomon Culture Center)

Hakodate City Museum

This facility originated from the former Hakodate Museum, Hokkaido’s oldest museum, which was established in 1879, and it houses a number of valuable materials related to the humanities and natural history. In particular, there are many archaeological materials on the Jomon period that have been designated as precious cultural properties by the Hokkaido Government and Hakodate City.

Aoyagi-cho 17-1, Hakodate, Hokkaido, 040-0044
0138-23-5480 / +81-13-823-5480

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