Kitaakita City, Akita Prefecture

Isedotai Stone Circles

Designated as a historic site on January 29, 2001

Time division - Final

Isedotai Site overview

Isedotai Site overview

This site featuring stone circles formed in the early phase of the Late Jomon period is located on a tongue-shaped plateau at altitudes of 42 to 45 m forming a fluvial terrace on the west bank of the Yoneshiro River in northern Kitaakita City.

Four stone circles as well as the remains of stone arrangements, pillar-supported buildings, pit graves, storage pits and ditches have been discovered at the site. Hunting tools (e.g., arrowheads), fishing tools (e.g., stone net sinkers) and everyday tools such as grinders (e.g., stone plates/grindstones) and tools for rituals (e.g., clay figurines, animal-shaped clay objects, bell-like objects, stone plates, tripod stone tools, stone swords) have also been unearthed.

Although most Jomon cultural remains are underground, stone circles, which were used as places for rituals and rites, are rare but directly visible examples representing Jomon culture, and were formed in harmony with the surrounding landscape.

Stone circle construction required a large labor force and hard work. The stones here were brought from a river up to 5 km away, and engineering work was performed for terrain adaptation before the circles were built. In addition to the circles themselves, ditches stretching more than 100 m were also installed. These outstanding examples of Jomon land usage suggest that a great deal of energy was spent on construction in the pre-iron era.

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Site Location

Isedotai, Wakigami, Kitaakita, Akita prefecture

Facility Exhibiting Excavated Articles

Isedotai Museum
Ogatanakata 100-1, Wakigami, Kitaakita, Akita prefecture, 018-3454
0186-84-8710 / +81-18-684-8710
Isedotai Museum
9:00 – 17:00
Mondays (Tuesday if Monday is a national holiday)
Year-end and New Year holidays (Dec. 29 – Jan. 3)
■5 min. on foot from Ogata Station on the Akita Inland Railway
■15 min. by car from JR Takanosu Station on the Ou Line
■5 min. by car from Odate-Noshiro Airport
*Please inquire before visiting the site, as renovations are under way.
Isedo-kun - Site mascot

Site mascot


Cultural heritage Division, Lifetime Learning Department, Kitaakita City Board of Education

Ogatanakata 100-1, Wakigami, Kitaakita, Akita prefecture, 018-3454
0186-84-8710 / +81-18-684-8710
Kitaakita City website
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