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Yoshinogari Historical Park

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Hear the voices of the Yayoi people

Saga Prefecture

 

 

Yoshinogari Historical Park, located in Kanzaki, Saga Prefecture, is where the Yoshinogari ruins, an outstanding cultural heritage of Japan, are preserved. Here you can learn about the ancient Yayoi period, which lasted for about 700 years between the 5th century BCE and 3rd century. One of the largest moated villages in Japan, Yoshinogari was designated a National Special Historic Site in 1991.

The park is approximately 117 hectares in size, and 98 structures have been restored, including a 12 m-high watchtower, a pit dwelling that recreates the lifestyle of the time, and the king's house. Excavation work resumed in 2022 for the first time in 10 years, and a coffin tomb and valuable materials have been unearthed.

The chance to participate in various Yayoi-period activities is one of the many attractions of the park. Fire making may seem challenging at first, but park staff will teach you how.

In the magatama-making experience, you’ll select a stone of your favorite color and carve it into the form of a magatama, an ancient decorative bead shaped like a comma. When you polish the magatama to a shine, it makes a beautiful, one-of-a-kind necklace ornament.

 

How to get there

 

Take a Shinkansen bullet train from JR Hakata Station to JR Shin-Tosu Station (15 minutes), then a local train to JR Yoshinogari Koen Station (10 minutes). From there, the park is about 15 minutes away on foot.

 

1843 Tade, Yoshinogari-cho, Kanzaki-gun, Saga-ken

 

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