Noteworthy Archaeological Sites

Issue 2015

Fukui Dōkutsu Historic Site:
A “cultural bridge” linking Paleolithic and Jōmon cultures.

Sasebo City, Nagasaki Prefecture

Odake Shell Midden:
91 human skeletons are discovered, the largest number nationwide!

Toyama City, Toyama Prefecture

Higashi Nara:
A vase with a dōtaku design is@newly discovered.

Ibaraki City, Osaka Prefecture

Two haniwa depicting women weaving cloth are recovered.

Shimotsuke City, Tochigi Prefecture

Dazaifu-related Site Group:
A prime Japanese example of an ancient city site.

Dazaifu City/Chikushino City, Fukuoka Prefecture

Echizen Kiln Site Group:
Advancements in productive technology come to light.

Echizen Town, Fukui Prefecture

Chateau Kamiya Former Winery:
Mysterious, unknown facilities are discovered at an Important Cultural Property building!

Ushikushi City, Ibaraki Prefecture

The Power of Culture for Reconstruction:
Reconstruction after the Great East Japan Earthquake and buried cultural properties protection

Azuma-chō, Fukushima Prefecture / Takaōse, Miyagi Prefecture

A core-type settlement of the Middle Jōmon period

Minamisōma City, Fukushima Prefecture

Soil strata show traces of three tsunamis

Iwanuma City, Miyagi Prefecture

Issue 2014

A ring-shaped group of blocks from 35,000 years ago. Hunting and gathering together, a band made their camp

Akita City, Akita Prefecture

Large-scale buildings and graves appear one after another from within a huge pile of earth

Kazo City, Saitama Prefecture

Arao Minami, Higashi Chōda:
Pottery with incised drawing is recovered from the ditch of a moated-precinct burial

Ōgaki City, Gifu Prefecture

Nomi Tomb Group:
A tomb group continually built across 300 years without interruption

Nomi City, Ishikawa Prefecture

Nishi Sanjōdai:
The residence of an Early Heian period Minister of the Right

Kyoto City, Kyoto Prefecture

Geba Shūhen:
Kamakura period armor is found near a Hachiman shrine

Kamakura City, Kanagawa Prefecture

Shinagawa Battery:
The base portion of the battery has survived in good condition

Minato Ward, Tokyo Prefecture

The Power of Culture for Reconstruction:
Reconstruction after the Great East Japan Earthquake and Buried Cultural Properties Protection

Iwate, Miyagi, Fukushima Prefectures

Niida Fortress Remains:
A Medieval mountain fortress is discovered

Minamisanriku Town, Miyagi Prefecture

Issue 2013

Stone tools for hunting are recovered in great numbers above and below AT

Saga City, Saga Prefecture

Midorikawa Higashi:
Four large-scale stone rods laid in a row are recovered from the center of a stone-paved feature

Kunitachi City, Tokyo Prefecture

Nishi kawatsu:
A core settlement from the Early to the Late periods

Matsue City, Shimane Prefecture

Haniwa from Imperial Mausolea


Excavation of river remains extends the range of the Iba ancient government office site eastward

Hamamatsu City, Shizuoka Prefecture

Bizen Ware Kiln Site Group:
Changes from the Heian to Early Modern periods known from excavations

Bizen City, Okayama Prefecture

Reconstruction and Buried Cultural Properties
Protection after the Great East Japan Earthquake


Sannō Site:
Features going back to an ancient city

Tagajō City, Miyagi Prefecture

Ōshimizu B and Sawairi B Sites:
Discovery of iron smelting furnaces of the Heian period

Shinchi Town, Fukushima Prefecture

Issue 2012

Archaeological excavation for reconstruction:

Akashiba Site, Shinchi Town, Fukushima Prefecture

A campsite found in a buried river basin. The stone blade manufacturing technique of 30,000 years ago comes to light.

Miyoshi Town, Saitama Prefecture

Stone features in a variety of shapes were placed at burial and ceremonial locations.

Kitaakita City, Akita Prefecture

Kyū Renpeijō:
A settlement large enough to rival Yoshinogari. Investigation proceeds, bringing to light a “country” in Shikoku.

Zentsūji City, Kagawa Prefecture

The oldest keyhole tomb in the San’in region. A water management facility is discovered on the plain immediately below.

Tottori City, Tottori Prefecture

Investigation of the largest Sue ware kiln site group in Kyushu. Precious documentary materials are added for the Wadō era (708-715).

Ōnojō City, Fukuoka Prefecture

Takashima Kōzaki:
After a long and difficult underwater investigation, the finds are collectively designated a Historic Site.

Matsuura City, Nagasaki Prefecture

Sites from the Satsuma Rebellion:
The site of a fierce battle, close-quarter fighting at Tabaruzaka is excavated

Gyokutō Town and Kumamoto City, Kumamoto Prefecture

Issue 2011

Large-scale tool production at a rich source of stone material

Minamikyūshū City, Kagoshima Prefecture

Aidani Kumahara Site:
One of the oldest clay figurines for Japan, with well developed breasts

Higashiōmi City, Shiga Prefecture

Isshiki Aokai:
One of the largest settlements on the Nōbi plain for the latter part of the Middle Yayoi.

Inazawa City, Aichi Prefecture

The grave of a leading family in Sue ware production ?

Matsuyama City, Ehime Prefecture

Large-scale iron smelting features

Minamisōma City, Fukushima Prefecture

Large-scale Medieval piled-stone shore edging

Tokushima City, Tokushima Prefecture

Osaka Castle Wall Stone Quarry Remains:
A great civil engineering project imposed on daimyo

Scattered from the Inland to the Genkai Seas

Sado Kinginzan Site:
Introducing the latest Western technology just after the Meiji Restoration

Sado City, Niigata Prefecture

Issue 2010

Kami Shiroi Nishi Ikuma:
A cluster of stone tools, made with the Setouchi technique, completely refitted as the original stones.

Shibukawa city, Gunma prefecture

Ōmori Katsuyama:
A half century after its discovery, a stone circle is re-investigated.

Hirosaki city, Aomori prefecture

Sugu Site Group:
The structure of a bronze implement production center for the "country of Na," and its change over time, come to light.

Kasuga city, Fukuoka prefecture

A discovery enlivens debate over the country of Yamatai.

Sakurai city, Nara prefecture

Baba Minami:
A wooden writing tablet inscribed with a Man'yō poem and massive amounts of votive lamp dishes are recovered.

Kizugawa city, Kyoto prefecture

Okite and Nakazu:
Facilities of a Medieval harbor on the Japan Sea are discovered one after another.

Masuda city, Shimane prefecture

Issue 2009

Former Imperial Audience Hall, Nara Capital:
Special Historic Site

Nara City, Nara Prefecture

The oldest pit traps in Japan? Warm Tanegashima's Paleolithic upsets the prevailing image of this era.

Nakatane Town, Kagoshima Prefecture

The only settlement maintained for 4,000 years on a southern isle.

Chatan Town, Okinawa Prefecture

The recovery of multiple bronze halberds buried with a bronze bell.

Fukuoka City, Fukuoka Prefecture

Nakamura No. 1 Tomb:
Rarely found nationwide, a tomb with an unopened horizontal stone chamber.

Izumo City, Shimane Prefecture

A contract mokkan of the early seventh century administrative system is recovered.

Jōetsu City, Niigata Prefecture

Former Temple Precinct of Hakusan Heisenji:
A vast Medieval religious urban center built with stone.

Katsuyama City, Fukui Prefecture

Yamashita Foreign Residence:
Buildings and roads of the late Edo and Meiji periods are excavated.

Yokohama city, Kanagawa Prefecture

Issue 2008

Iwami Ginzan Silver Mine:
World Heritage Site

Iwami Ginzan, Ota city, Shimane prefecture

Special Historic Site

Takamatsuzuka Tomb, Asuka village, Nara prefecture

Tarō Mizuno No. 2:
Only completed stone tools are found. A Paleolithic camp site?

Tarō Mizuno 2 site, Kaneyama town, Yamagata prefecture

Kiyotake Kami Inoharu:
Fourteen pit dwellings of the Incipient Jōmon.

Kami Inoharu site, Kiyotake town, Miyazaki prefecture

Sakura no baba:
A kingly grave of Matsuro is rediscovered after sixty-three years.

Sakura no baba site, Karatsu city, Saga prefecture

Historic Site. A relay point on the “shell route.”

Hirota site, Minamitane town, Kagoshima prefecture

Tomori Matsunoto:
Bewitching shells emerge from the white dunes.

Tomori Matsunoto site, Amami city, Kagoshima prefecture

A harbor on the north coast of Lake Biwa.

Shiotsukō site, Nishiazai town, Shiga prefecture

Osaka Castle:
The remains of a Toyotomi family feast?

Osaka-jō, Osaka city, Osaka prefecture

Issue 2007

A projectile point of quartz crystal, a rarity for the entire nation

Kogumi Site, Kasama City, Ibaraki Prefecture

A group of large-scale shell middens from the Earliest Jōmon

Higashimyō Site, Saga City, Saga Prefecture

The northernmost moated settlement on the Japan Sea side

Yamamoto Site, Kamihayashi Village, Niigata Prefecture

A group of bearded haniwa warriors

Ningyōzuka Tomb, Chiba City, Chiba Prefecture

Built continuously over a 300 year period, the largest-scaled group

Akōbō Tomb Group, Oirase Town, Aomori Prefecture

A mokkan telling the actual state of kanjaku (an inquiry into personal identity)

Kannonji and Shikiji Sites, Tokushima City, Tokushima Prefecture

Yearning for the Pure Land of Supreme Bliss

Shagūji Site, Chikuma City, Nagano Prefecture

Kanpakuzawa, Hayakawa Group:
Building stone used in the walls Edo castle

Hayakawa Stone Quarry Group, Odawara City, Kanagawa Prefecture

Issue 2006

Palaeolithic Kengamine, Takaharayama Group:
An obsidian source site discovered atop a ridge

Yaita City/Nasushiobara City, Tochigi Prefecture

Jomon Taishô No. 3:
The first Incipient Jômon site is discovered in Hokkaido.

Taishô No. 3 Site, Obihiro City, Hokkaido

Yayoi Zasshonokuma:
Stone daggers in complete condition are recovered from graves.

Zasshonokuma Site, Fukuoka City, Fukuoka Prefecture

Kofun Mukadezuka, Nyûtabaru Group:
Haniwa resembling those found at Imashirozuka are recovered.

Mukadezuka Tomb, Nyûtabaru Tomb Group, Shintomi Town, Miyazaki Prefecture

Antiquity Nikôji:
A temple built by immigrants?

Nikôji Abandoned Temple, Gose City, Nara Prefecture

Medieval Muramatsu Shirane:
A salt-producing village buried in the sand is discovered.

Muramatsu Shirane Site, Tôkai Village, Ibaraki Prefecture

Immigrants who brought horses and breeding techniques to Kôzuke

Kenzaki Nagatoro Nishi Site, Shimoshiba Yatsu Tomb, Takasaki City, Gunma Prefecture

MedievalHakata Site Group:
Largest trading port in the archipelago, serving as bridge to Asia

Hakata Site Group, Fukuoka City, Fukuoka Prefecture

Issue 2005

PalaeolithicTamukai Hiyamizu:
A stone tool production site of Upper Paleolithic man

Tamukai Hiyamizu Site, Hachinohe City, Aomori Prefecture

Large quantities of acorns and woven basketry unearthed from a waterside site

Shōfukuji Site, Kurume City, Fukuoka Prefecture

Jomon Terashita:
An inland shell midden is investigated

Terashita Site, Hashikami Town, Aomori Prefecture

Yayoi Yoshinogari:
An Early Han Dynasty bronze mirror is recovered from the seal of a burial jar's lid

Yoshinogari Site, Kanzaki Town/Mitagawa Town/Higashi Seburi Village, Saga Prefecture

Kofun Suyama:
A large-scale keyhole-shaped mounded tomb

Suyama Tomb, Kōryō Town, Nara Prefecture

Kofun Kitora:
Gorgeous murals grace the tomb's interior

Kitora Tomb, Asuka Village, Nara Prefecture

Antiquity Hōryūji Wakakusagaran Ruins:
A small mural fragment closes a hundred-year debate

Hōryūji Wakakusagaran Ruins, Ikaruga Town, Nara Prefecture

Antiquity Magome:
The first reconstruction nationwide of two seven-storied ceramic miniature pagodas

Magome Site, Inzai City, Chiba Prefecture

Antiquity Jingamine:
A fortified residence from the end of the Heian period

Jingamine Castle Site, Aizubange Town, Fukushima Prefecture

Modern Nihonbashi Nichōme, Kyōbashi Nichōme, Nihonbashi Itchōme:
Edo period Kabuki tickets recovered

Nihonbashi Nichōme, Kyōbashi Nichōme, and Nihonbashi Itchōme Sites, Chūō Ward, Tokyo

Issue 2004

An overwhelming volume of refitted materials revealing the very breath of Paleolithic man

Shirataki Site Group, Shirataki Village, Hokkaido

Jomon Kakura:
A circular settlement dotted with large-scale dwellings

Kakura Shell Midden, Tsukidate Town, Miyagi Prefecture

Yayoi Asahi:
The moat abandoned, the settlement transformed at the start of the 2nd century

Asahi Site, Kiyosu Town, Aichi Prefecture

Kofun Imashirozuka:
Possibly the mausoleum of Emperor Keitai, yielding large quantities of huge haniwa

Imashirozuka Tomb, Takatsuki City, Osaka Prefecture

Antiquity Kōrokan:
A guesthouse for ancient diplomacy is revealed in its entirety

Kōrokan Remains, Fukuoka City, Fukuoka Prefecture

medieval Darumaji:
A stone stupa deposited upright, a new facet of Medieval Buddhist relic belief

Darumaji Temple, Ōji Town, Nara Prefecture

Modern Dejima Oranda Shōkan:
Western style pistol and bullets recovered together from the front line of foreign diplomacy in the Edo period

Dejima Oranda Shōkan Remains, Nagasaki City, Nagasaki Prefecture

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