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4 Tsugaru City, Aomori

Tagoyano Site

Designated as a Historic Site on June 26, 1944
Stage IIa (ca. 4,000 BCE – 3,000 BCE) (Historic Site: ca. 4,000 BCE – 2,000 BCE)

This site is located in Tsugaru City on the Tsugaru Peninsula in Aomori Prefecture, on a hill at an elevation of 10 to 15 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. This place was ideal for fishing and shellfish harvesting. Deciduous broadleaved forests spread in the hinterland.

The settlement comprises pit dwellings, graves, shell mounds, dumping grounds, storage pits and other features, showing a settlement structure that was typical of that time. The shell mounds have yielded shells from brackish shellfish (Japanese basket clams and other shellfish), fish bones (from carp, mackerel, etc.), and bird bones (from geese, ducks, etc.). From the dumping ground where people performed rituals and ceremonies as part of daily life, implements made from the bones of whales, dolphins, and other large animals, have been found, in addition to pots and stone tools. A pit grave has yielded the bones of an adult female that indicate she had given birth.

The excavation of many unfinished bracelets made of dog-cockle shells (Gycymeris albolineata) shows that people living in this settlement manufactured shell products onsite. Dog-cockle bracelets dating from the same period have been unearthed in Hokkaido, and Hokkaido obsidian has been excavated at the Tagoyano Site. These facts shed light on production and trade across the Tsugaru Strait at that time.

This component part, dating from the first half of the development stage of sedentism, is an archaeological site of a settlement accompanied by shell mounds. It is an important archaeological site that attests to a livelihood of an inland bay area and to settlements there at that time.

遺跡 Site tours

Location
Kizukuri Tateoka Tagoyano, Tsugaru, Aomori Prefecture
Access

From Kizukuri Station (JR Gono Line):

  • Approx. 20 min. by car

From Goshogawara Station (JR Gono Line):

  • Approx. 35 min. by Konan Bus on the Goshogawara-Shiurachosha route to the Tagoyano bus stop, and then 3 min. on foot

From the Kamegaoka Burial Site:

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

From the Tsugaru City Jomon Dwelling Museum Kamegaoka Archaeology Collections:

  • Approx. 20 min. by car

From the Tsugaru City Kizukuri Kamegaoka Archaeological Museum:

  • Approx. 10 min. by car

Map of the Tagoyano Site (PDF) [in Japanese]

Site guides

Volunteer guides (free, in Japanese, for 30 to 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 the Kamegaoka Burial 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 Jomon Dwelling Museum Kamegaoka Archaeology Collections
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 [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
飲食施設 グッズ販売

Note: The exhibition room on the second floor is not wheelchair-accessible.

Access

From Kizukuri Station (JR Gono Line):

  • Approx. 15 min. on foot

From Goshogawara Station (JR Gono Line):

  • Approx. 20 min. by Konan Bus on the Goshogawara-Shiurachosha route, Ajigasawa route or Dekishima route to the Yurakucho, Tsugaru Shiyakusho-mae or Shakochan Onsen bus stop, and then approx. 5 min. on foot

関連施設Facility introduction

Name
Tsugaru City Kizukuri Kamegaoka Archaeological Museum
Facility
introduction

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

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]

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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