Moat-Encircled Village Zone
Judging from the scale of defenses, including the circular moats, fences and watchtowers, this is believed to have been the place where successive rulers of Yoshinogari resided. Four watchtowers, eleven pit dwellings, a meeting hall, a cooking house and various other structures, for a total of twenty, can be found here.
Burial jars, farming tools, weapons and other items found during excavation are
displayed in this room.
Lying west of MINAMINAIKAKU, numerous storehouses have been discovered in this area
leading to the belief that it was possibly the commercial center of the Yoshinogari "nation state".
Three reconstructed storehouses used for taxes and market goods, ceremonial and festival goods, and the market overseer, respectively, can be located here.
These nine large structures are believed to be buildings used during various ceremonies and festival performances.
This area is believed to have been where ritual objects were made for use in festivities and political ceremonies held in the Northern Inner Enclosure.
Minami no Mura(South Village)
This is where the public is believed to have lived within the Yoshinogari village. A total of 27 structures have been restored, including raised-floor structures and pit dwellings.
Yayoi Life Museum (located within Minami no Mura)
This facility has a hands-on workshop able to accommodate up to 300 people and a work area that is open to the public where you can see how earthenware is restored. There is also a gallery, a video room, and a lounge area.
Kita Funkyubo (North Tumulus)
This is thought to be the special burial site where successive rulers of Yoshinogari village were laid to rest. The exterior has been restored and inside are 14 authentic Kamekan (burial jars) and replicas of archaeological finds on display. There is also a presentation explaining the nature of the site
For admittance to the ongoing excavation sites, please call the office of the
Minister of Education.