Yoshinogari Historical Park
The local Government of Saga prefecture designated Yoshinogari Hills as one of the prefecture`s industrial areas in the mid-80s. After that, the government started to develop the area for industrial purposes. However, while the project was on its way, relics and ruins had been found at the site. The unexpected discoveries prompted the local government to temporarily stopped the project.
In 1986, researchers conducted thorough studies to know whether Yoshinogari was truly an important cultural site.The research was a huge success, because they found out that it was, indeed, one of Japan’s largest moat encircled villages. It also appeared that the place and layout of the village closely resembled the ancient country of “Yamatai” or modern-day Japan. The research concluded that the village was established during the Yayoi period (3 century B.C. to 3 century A.D.)
Yoshinogari Ruins – one of the largest ruins discovered in Japan.
The Yoshinogari village
The moat encircled Yoshinogari village is believed to have been the place where successive rulers of Yoshinogari resided. In Japanese history, sharpened posts or moats protect the villagers including the rulers who reside in the village from invaders or wild animals during the ancient Yayoi era. There are four towers inside the village.These towers provide high and safe places for guards to observe the surrounding area. There are also wide gates that serve as an entry way, storehouses for foods, meeting rooms, prayer rooms and different types of ancient houses. All structures in this village were reconstructed based on the ruins discovered by researchers during the excavations.
In addition, some important relics such as bronze knives, decorative glass beads and burial jars found during the past excavations are now displayed at the museum. They are of extremely high academic value and one of Japan`s important cultural assets today because they clearly show the characteristics of the different stages of Yayoi period. Besides, the Yoshinagari ruins and other relics discovered from the area are very important for they allow everyone, especially the young people, to understand how society evolved during that particular period.
Be a Yayoi Villager
Aside from the usual tour around the park, visitors can also join in some individual and family interactive workshops such as fire-making, earthen float-making, KOUROUSEKI or stone pendant making and many more.
Moreover, tourists can also come and live in the village like a native villager at the Minami no Mura (South Village) under the “Become a Yayoi Villager Program”. In this program, participants can get an opportunity to live like villagers and see how life really looked like some thousands of years ago.
Nowadays, local and international tourists visit this park.
Why don’t you come and experience it for yourself?
Address: 1843 Tade, Yoshinogari-cho, Kanzaki-gun, Saga Prefecture
Opening hours: 9:00 – 17:00 (January 1 – May 31), 9:00 – 18:00 (June 1 – August 31)
Admission fee: 400 Yen (adults), 80 Yen (children), Children below 6 years old are free.
For more information, visit Yoshinogari Historical Park official website at http://www.yoshinogari.jp/en/