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10 Aomori City, Aomori

Komakino Stone Circle

Designated as a Historic Site on Marcy 17, 1995
Stage IIIa (ca. 2,000 BCE) (Historic Site: ca. 2,000 BCE)

This site is located in Aomori City in central Aomori Prefecture, on a tongue-shaped plateau overlooking the Aomori Plain at an elevation of 80 to 160 meters. It is sandwiched between the Arakawa and Nyunai rivers, which flow through the western foothills of the Hakkoda Mountains. Deciduous broadleaved forests spread in the hinterland.

Before the stone circle was made, the ground was leveled by cutting higher land and filling lower land with the excavated soil. The circle consists of three rings that measure 2.5 meters, 29 meters, and 35 meters in diameter, respectively. It is surrounded by another set of stones placed in a ring that measures four meters in diameter and a row of stones that partly forms a fourth ring. The whole area is 55 meters in diameter. Besides the stone circle, a dumping ground, the remains of a spring, pit graves, and burial jars have been discovered.

Artifacts have been unearthed mainly from the dumping ground and burial area adjacent to the stone circle. These include not only pots and stone tools, but also items of a ritual character, such as clay figurines, miniature pots, animal- and bell-shaped clay objects, and triangular and circular stone plates. The unearthing of more than 400 triangular ritual stone plates indicates that rituals and ceremonies were performed at the stone circle.

This component part, dating from the first half of the maturation stage of sedentism, is a ritual archaeological site that centers on a stone circle. It is an important archaeological site that attests to a livelihood as well as rituals and ceremonies in a hilly area.

遺跡 Site tours

Location
Komakino, Nozawa, Aomori City, Aomori Prefecture
Access

From Aomori Station (JR Ou Main Line):

  • Approx. 35 min. by car

From Shin-Aomori Station (JR Tohoku Shinkansen Line):

  • Approx. 35 min. by car

From Aomori Airport

  • Approx. 20 min. by car

Aomori-chuo IC (Aomori Expressway):

  • Approx. 25 min. by car

From the Furukawa No. 3 bus stop (5 min. from Aomori Station on foot):

  • Approx. 25 min. by Aomori Municipal Bus bound for Oyanabe to the Nozawa bus stop, and then 30 min. on foot

From the Aomori City Komakino Site Preservation Museum:

  • Approx. 5 min. by car
Site guides

One guide is stationed (free, in Japanese, for 30 to 40 min.).

  • Reservations are required two weeks in advance.
Remarks
Closed in winter (from November 16 to April 30)

ガイダンス施設 Visitor facilities

Name
Aomori City Komakino Site Preservation Museum
Address
Sawabe 108-3, Nozawa, Aomori City, Aomori Prefecture, 030-0152
Tel.
017-757-8665 / +81-17-757-8665
Fax.
017-757-8670 / +81-17-757-8670
Website

National Historic Site of Japan – The Komakino Site

Hours
9:00 – 17:00
Closed
Year-end and New Year's holidays (December 29 – January 3)
Admission

Free

Facility
information
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Access

From Aomori Station (JR Ou Main Line):

  • Approx. 30 min. by car

From Shin-Aomori Station (JR Tohoku Shinkansen Line):

  • Approx. 30 min. by car

From Aomori Airport

  • Approx. 15 min. by car

Aomori-chuo IC (Aomori Expressway):

  • Approx. 20 min. by car

From the Furukawa No. 3 bus stop (5 min. from Aomori Station on foot):

  • Approx. 25 min. by Aomori Municipal Bus bound for Oyanabe to the Nozawa bus stop, and then 3 min. on foot

Komakku

Komakku is the mascot of the Komakino Stone Circle. It was inspired by a bear-shaped clay object unearthed at the site.

関連施設Facility introduction

Name
Komakino Site Conservation Center
Facility
introduction

This facility adjacent to the Komakino Stone Circle provides explanations of the stone circle and is equipped with a rest space, a toilet and parking that can accommodate large buses. It is open from 9:00 to 17:00 (until 16:00 from October 1 to November 15, but closed from November 16 to April 30).

Address
Komakino 41, Nozawa, Aomori City, Aomori Prefecture, 030-0152
Tel.
017-757-8665 / +81-17-757-8665
Fax.
017-757-8670 / +81-17-757-8670
Website

National Historic Site of Japan – The Komakino Site

CONTACT

Cultural Properties Division, Aomori City Board of Education

Shinmachi 1-chome 3-7, Aomori City, Aomori Prefecture, 030-0801
TEL: 017-718-1392 / +81-17-718-1392  / FAX:017-718-1394 / +81-17-718-1394

Ancient Aomori (website featuring archaeological sites and cultural properties in Aomori City) [in Japanese]

Pamphlets, etc.

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