Hakodate City, Hokkaido

Historic

Ofune Site

Designated as a historic site on August 13, 2001

Time division - Early, Middle
Full view of Jomon Park

Full view of Jomon Park

This is the site of a large settlement of the latter half of the Early Jomon period to the latter half of the Middle Jomon period (approx. 3,200 – 2,000 BC), and is located on a coast terrace facing the Pacific Ocean. The site is divided into a housing zone, consisting of the remains of more than 100 pit dwellings and a large earthwork mound; and a zone with more than 100 pit graves, including graves and storage pits to the southwest.

The settlement that continued for approximately 1,000 years extends like a belt on a plateau along the Ofune River, and has a common kind of settlement structure as seen in northern Tohoku as well. Most remains of pit dwellings that have been discovered have a large, deep structure, where the bones of whales and seals as well as chestnuts have been excavated. From many remains of pit dwellings, continuous transitions from the beginning of the Middle Jomon period to the end of the era (approx. 3,000 – 2,000 BC) can be seen.

A great number of relics have been excavated from the earthwork mound. This suggests that the mound functioned as a dump, and also that the Jomon people had an idea that is similar to both the animistic views that Japanese people have held since ancient times and a concept seen in the offering ceremonies of Ainu people. The earthwork mound, which is considered to have been a dump as well as a ritual place, is a typical example with common characteristics of the cylindrical pottery culture, and presents valuable data for studying the spiritual culture of that time.

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Basic Information

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Site Location

Ofune-cho, Hakodate, Hokkaido

Facility Exhibiting Excavated Articles

Hakodate Municipal Museum of Ofune Site
Address
Ofune-cho 575-1, Hakodate, Hokkaido, 041-1622
Tel
0138-25-2030 / +81-13-825-2030
(Hakodate Jomon Culture Center)
Website
Hakodate Municipal Museum of Ofune Site
Hours
9:00–17:00
Closed
Mid-November–late April (winter period)
*Open daily during the operating period
Admission
fee
Free
Access
■~70 min. by car from JR Hakodate Station (Hakodate Line)
(~90 min. by Hakodate Bus for Shikabe, Furube and Todohokke, 10 min. on foot)
■~50 min. by car from Hakodate Airport
■~40 min. by car from Mori IC on the Hokkaido Expressway
Access map in Japanese(PDF:359KB)

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 Jomon Culture Center

This is a Jomon culture-themed museum exhibiting artifacts excavated from the Minamikayabe area and other Jomon sites in Hakodate City. A clay figure that is the only national treasure in Hokkaido is on permanent display here. The Jomon Roman Minamikayabe roadside station is also located here.

Usujiri-cho 551-1, Hakodate, Hokkaido, 041-1613
0138-25-2030 / +81-13-825-2030

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 from 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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