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16 Tsugaru City, Aomori

Kamegaoka Burial Site

Designated as a Historic Site on June 26, 1944
Stage IIIb (ca. 1,000 BCE – 400 BCE) (Historic Site:ca. 1,000 BCE – 400 BCE)

This site is located in Tsugaru City on the Tsugaru Peninsula in Aomori Prefecture, on a hill at an elevation of 7 to 18 meters along the Iwaki River. It is on what used to be an inland bay called Paleo-Lake Jusanko, which appeared during a marine transgression. Deciduous broadleaved forests spread in the hinterland.

Spreading on the plateau is a burial area with many groups of pit graves, where pots and other votive offerings have been unearthed, as have gems and other burial goods. Since the burial area was built over a long period of time, it is considered that ancestor worship was performed continually.

In the boggy lowlands of the area that surrounds the plateau, dumping grounds were established for ritual purposes, from which many artistic lacquered pots and potshards, lacquerware items, clay figurines, plant-based objects, jade gems, and other artifacts have been unearthed. Among them, a large clay figurine without a left leg was unearthed in 1887 (designated by the national government as an Important Cultural Property). It is well known for its distinctive eyes, earning it the description of “goggle-eyed clay figurine.” It is widely recognized internationally, along with pottery that features elaborate geometric patterns.

This component part, which dates from the second half of the maturation stage of sedentism, is an archaeological site of a large cemetery, illustrating a high degree of spirituality. It is an important archaeological site that attests to a livelihood in a brackish inland area as well as to rituals and ceremonies with a high degree of spirituality.

遺跡 Site tours

Location
Kizukuri Tateoka, Tsugaru, Aomori Prefecture
Access

From Kizukuri Station (JR Gono Line):

  • Approx. 20 min. by car

From Goshogawara Station (JR Gono Line):

  • Approx. 34 min. by Konan Bus on the Goshogawara–Shiurachosha route to the Kamegaoka bus stop

From the Tagoyano Site:

  • Approx. 3 min. by car
  • Approx. 10 min. on foot

From the Tsugaru City Kizukuri Kamegaoka Archaeological Museum:

  • Approx. 10 min. by car

From the Tsugaru City Jomon Dwelling Museum Kamegaoka Archaeology Collections:

  • Approx. 20 min. by car

Kamegaoka Burial Site Map (PDF) [in Japanese]

Site guides

Volunteer guides (free, in Japanese, for 30 – 60 min.)

  • For general visitors
  • Available between 10:00 and 15:00 on weekends and national holidays from April to November
     (Guides are on standby at the Information Counter in the southern area of this site.)
  • Reservations are not required.

Site tours by specialist staff (in Japanese/English)

  • Group of 10+: Reservations are required one week in advance.

ガイダンス施設 Visitor facilities

Name
Tsugaru City Kizukuri Kamegaoka Archaeological Museum
Address
Kizukuri Tateoka Byobuzan 195, Tsugaru, Aomori Prefecture, 038-3283
Tel.
0173-45-3450 / +81-173-45-3450
Fax.
0173-45-3450 / +81-173-45-3450
Website

Kizukuri Kamegaoka Archaeological Museum (the City of Tsugaru website) [in Japanese]

Hours
9:00 – 16:00
Closed
Mondays (or Tuesday if Monday is a national holiday)
The day following a national holiday
Year-end and New Year's holidays (December 29 – January 3)
Admission

General visitors

  • Adults: 200 yen; High school and university students: 100 yen; Elementary and junior high school students: 50 yen

Group of 15+

  • Adults: 100 yen; High school and university students: 50 yen; Elementary and junior high school students: 20 yen
Facility guides

Exhibit explanations by specialist staff (free, in Japanese/English, for 20 to 60 min.)

  • Group of 10+: Reservations are required one week in advance.
Facility
information
グッズ販売
Access

From Kizukuri Station (JR Gono Line):

  • Approx. 20 min. by car

From Goshogawara Station (JR Gono Line):

  • Approx. 40 min. by Konan Bus on the Goshogawara-Kodomari route to the Tateoka bus stop, and then approx. 15 min. on foot

関連施設Facility introduction

Name
Tsugaru City Jomon Dwelling Museum Kamegaoka Archaeology Collections
Facility
introduction

This facility features artifacts unearthed at archaeological sites in Tsugaru City.

Address
Kizukuri Wakamidori 59-1, Tsugaru, Aomori Prefecture, 038-3138
Tel.
0173-42-6490 / +81-173-42-6490
Fax.
0173-42-6490 / +81-173-42-6490
Website

Tsugaru City Jomon Dwelling Museum Kamegaoka Archaeology Collections (the City of Tsugaru website) [in Japanese]

Name
Tsugaru City Morita Historical and Folklore Museum
Facility
introduction

This facility exhibits mainly artifacts excavated at the Ishigami Site in Aomori Prefecture (collectively designated as an Important Cultural Property of Japan). The Ishigami Site features a cylindrical pottery culture and is the same age as the Tagoyano Site.

Address
Morita Tsukimino 340-2, Morita-cho, Tsugaru, Aomori Prefecture, 038-2816
Tel.
0173-26-2201 / +81-173-26-2201
Fax.
 
Website

Tsugaru City Morita Historical and Folklore Museum (the City of Tsugaru website) [in Japanese]

CONTACT

Department of Social Education and Culture, Tsugaru City Board of Education

Kizukuri Wakamidori 52, Tsugaru, Aomori Prefecture, 038-3138
TEL: 0173-49-1194 / +81-173-49-1194  / FAX:0173-49-1212 / +81-173-49-1212

Department of Social Education and Culture, Tsugaru City Board of Education [in Japanese]

Pamphlets, etc.

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