Saturday, May 19, 2012

Yoshinogari Historical Park - Get Experienced The Ancient Civilization

Fig: Yoshinogari
Yoshinogari Historical Park is situated in Kanzaki in Saga Prefecture, Kyūshū, Japan.
The Yoshinogari Historical Park depicts the structures and relics of the Yayoi period of Japanese history (3 c B.C. to 3 c A.D.) of over 600 years. This site has great importance in Japanese and world history because of the massive size and important nature of the settlement and the artifacts found there. These include a settlement with pit-houses, a cemetery, and multiple ditch-and-palisade enclosed precincts. Bronze knives and mirrors , decorative glass beads and then used  decorated pots and pans, coins, bells, and halberds, iron tools, wooden tools, prehistoric human hair, and many other precious artifacts have been unearthed from Yoshinogari features. It is depicted  that the Yoshinogari population wove textiles, lived in permanent farming villages, and constructed buildings with wood and stone. They also accumulated wealth through land ownership and the storage of grain. The total area of this site is approximately 40 hectares.

Photos Yoshinogari historical park - The symbol of ancient civilization

Fig: burial ground of high chiefs

Another prominent view is the mortuary features of the middle Yayoi period with mounded burials, burial jars containing jade-like glass ornaments and bronze daggers. More than 2000 burial jars dating to this period have come to light, both inside and outside of ditched areas.

Fig: The inside view
Some of the raised-floor buildings of lateYayoi period were quite tall and large. It is assumed that the  largest raised floor building was square in shape (12.5 X 12.5 m²) with pot-moulds that were 40-50 cm in diameter . Yayoi pottery, burial mounds, and food preservation were discovered to be very similar to the pottery of southern Korea.The discovery and subsequent excavation of Yoshinogari caused a sustained sensation in the Japanese media in the late 1980s and early 1990s.The origin of Yayoi culture has long been debated, with records being placed about Chinese and Korean influence.

Fig: King and ministry



Fukuoka Airportapproximately 70 min. (via JR Hakata station)
JR Saga StationJR Nagasaki Honsen Line local train to JR Kanzaki Station approximately 9 min
JR Yoshinogari Park Station approximately 12 min.
*From JR Kanzaki Station and JR Yoshinogari Koen Station it takes 15 on foot
JR Hakata Stationvia Kagoshima Honsen Line (Kurume, Omuta, and Kumamoto) or vie Nagasaki Honsen Line (Sasebo, and Nagasaki) to JR Tosu Station by Limited Express approximately 20 min. or by Express approximately 30 min.. From JR Tosu Station take Nagasaki Hosen Line by local train to JR Yoshinogari Koen Station approximately 14 min., or to JR Kanzaki Station approximately 17 min.
*From JR Yoshinogari Koen Station to the Park's Higashi Entrance approximately 15 min. on foot From JR Kanzaki Station on the Park's Nishi Entrance (ASOBINOHARA) approximately 15 min. on foot.

By Car
Coming FromTime
Saga Airportapproximately 40 min
Fukuoka Airportapproximately (by highway) 65 min
(by Nagasaki highway-Higashisefuri Interchange) 60 min
JR Saga Stationapproximately 25 min
JR Hakata Stationapproximately (by highway) 60 min.
JR Tosu Stationapproximately 30 min

* From Nagasaki highway-Higashisefuri Interchange take Route 385 south for 5 minutes


NaturalParks Management Association Yoshinogari Historical Park Center

842-0035 SAGA-KEN KANZAKI-GUN Yoshinogari-machi TADE 1843
Tel. 0952-55-9333 Fax. 0952-55-9330    URL:

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