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Associated site – 1 Hachinohe City, Aomori

Choshichiyachi Site

Designated as a Historic Site on May 25, 1981
Stage Ib (ca. 6,000 BCE) (Historic Site: ca. 6,000 BCE)

This site is located in Hachinohe City in eastern Aomori Prefecture, at the base of a hill at an elevation of 10 to 20 meters along the Gonohe River. It is on what used to be an inland bay, known as the ancient Oirase Bay, that appeared during a marine transgression. Deciduous broadleaved forests spread in the hinterland.

This is an archaeological site of a settlement centering on a shell mound that dates from c. 6,000 BCE. The shell mound dates from a time when climate warming caused the sea level to reach its highest point during the Jomon transgression.

From the shell mound, large numbers of shells that are found in inland bay areas have been unearthed, including common Orient clams, clams of the order Myida, and Japanese basket clams. Most of the fish bones that have been discovered are those of fish that are caught in inland bay areas, including Japanese sea bass, Japanese black porgy and bonito, but some are pelagic. Bird and animal bones, as well as large numbers of pots, stone tools and other stone objects, and clay objects, have also been discovered. Many kinds of bone and antler objects, such as fishhooks combined with shafts and open-socketed harpoon heads, have also been unearthed, indicating that fishing was actively practiced. People in those days hunted wild boar, deer, and other animals in the hilly hinterlands.

The people at the time are considered to have developed rod and harpoon fishing methods tailored to the marine resources that were available in the early phase of the Jomon period. This is an important archaeological site that attests to a livelihood centering on fishing and to the diet and natural environment of that time.

遺跡 Site tours

Location
Kikyono Kogyodanchi, Hachinohe, Aomori Prefecture
Access

From Mutsu-Ichikawa Station (Aoimori Railway Line):

  • Approx. 25 min. on foot

From central Hachinohe (approx. 15 min. from Hon-Hachinohe Station):

  • Approx. 50 min. by Hachinohe Municipal Bus (K68/H58) bound for Tagadai/Hattaro to the Shaken Toroku Jimusho (vehicle registration office) bus stop, and then approx. 3 min. on foot

From Hachinohe-kita IC (Hachinohe Expressway):

  • Approx. 8 min. by car

ガイダンス施設 Visitor facilities

Name
Hachinohe City Museum
Address
Higashigamae 35-1, Nejo, Hachinohe, Aomori Prefecture, 039-1166
Tel.
0178-44-8111 / +81-178-44-8111
Fax.
0178-24-4557 / +81-178-24-4557
Website

Hachinohe City Museum / Historic Site Nejo Square [in Japanese]

Hours
9:00 – 17:00 (last admission: 16:30)
Closed
Mondays (or Tuesday if Monday is a national/substitute holiday)
The day following a national/substitute holiday (except if that day falls on a Saturday, Sunday or national holiday)
Year-end and New Year's holidays (December 27 – January 4)
Admission

General visitors

  • Adults: 250 yen; High school and university students: 150 yen; Elementary and junior high school students: 50 yen

Group of 20+

  • Adults: 130 yen; High school and university students: 80 yen; Elementary and junior high school students: 30 yen

– Free admission for elementary and junior high school students living in Hachinohe
– Half-off admission for seniors (age 65+) living in Hachinohe
– Half-off admission for visitors with a physical disability certificate, war injury or illness certificate, intellectual disability certificate (ryoiku techo) or mental disability certificate and one accompanying person

Facility guides

Reception desk staff guides (free, in Japanese)

  • Permanent exhibition (max. 60 min., Reservations are not required.)
Facility
information
WiFi コインロッカー 車椅子貸出
Access

From Hachinohe Station (JR Tohoku Shinkansen Line):

  • Approx. 10 min. by car
  • Approx. 15 min. by Nanbu Bus bound for central Hachinohe (via Tamonoki) to the Nejo (Hakubutsukan-mae) bus stop

From Lapia Bus Terminal/central Hachinohe (approx. 15 min. from Hon-Hachinohe Station):

  • Approx. 10 min. by Nanbu Bus (T60/T72/T170) to the Nejo (Hakubutsukan-mae) bus stop

From Hachinohe IC (Hachinohe Expressway):

  • Approx. 10 min. by car

関連施設Facility introduction

Name
Korekawa Archaeological Institution (Korekawa Jomon Kan)
Facility
introduction

This facility highlights the appeal of Jomon culture in the Hachinohe region, centering around the Korekawa Site and the Kazahari Site No. 1. It introduces the livelihood and culture of Jomon people under the two themes of “the beauty of Jomon culture” and “the mystery of Jomon culture.”

Address
Yokoyama 1, Korekawa, Hachinohe, Aomori Prefecture, 031-0023
Tel.
0178-38-9511 / +81-178-38-9511
Fax.
0178-96-5392 / +81-178-96-5392
Website

Korekawa Archaeological Institution (Korekawa Jomon Kan)

CONTACT

Hachinohe City Museum

Higashigamae 35-1, Nejo, Hachinohe, Aomori Prefecture, 039-1166
TEL: 0178-44-8111 / +81-178-44-8111  / FAX:0178-24-4557 / +81-178-24-4557

Pamphlets, etc.

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