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Sannai Maruyama Site
Excavated in 1992, Sannai Maruyama Site is the biggest remains of a village dating back to the Jumon period. The massive remains contain reconstructions of a large-sized pit dwelling and symbolic three-layered, pillar-supported buildings from the Jumon period (approx. 5,500-4,000 years ago) . It is also a famous spiritual place with energies from the past. This archaeological site is open to public all year long. A highly recommended place to stop by when you come to Aomori.
- 305 Sannai Maruyama, Aomori-shi, Aomori
- Contact No.
- 25-min bus ride on city bus bound for Sannai Maruyama Site from JR Aomori Station. Get off at Sannai Maruyama Site Mae and walk for a few min.
- Opening Hours / Holidays
- Opening hours: 9:00-17:00 (Closes at 18:00 from June to September)
Open all year round
- Official Website
- Time Required
- 2 hours
- Admission fee
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Pit dwellings, housing in the Jumon period
We call these type of houses pit-dwellings, inhabited during the Jumon period and dated to approx. 5,500-4,000 years ago. The floor was created by digging the ground. There was a fireplace in the middle. Since the arrangement, position of pillars and fireplace vary depending on the period, it would be interesting to see how they differ.
Large, pillar-supported building, a landmark of Sanni Maruyama Site
This large pillar-supported building is a symbolic monument in the Sannai Maruyama Site. The hole, where a pillar made of chestnut tree wood was inserted, measures approx. 2 m in diameter and is 2 m deep. Each pillar hole is separated 4.2 m from each other. The pillar itself measures approx. 1 m in diameter. Because the site had rich underground water and the surface and the bottom of the wooden pillars were burned, they stayed intact all there years!
See excavated cultural properties in "Sanmaru Museum"
In Sanmaru Museum, there are in total of 1700 articles including about 500 important cultural properties that were excavated in Sannai Maruyama Site. In addition to the large, flat clay figures, you can also observe "large jade beads" and "large chestnut wood pillars" here. It is a great place to learn about the culture of ancient Japan in depth.
Restaurant Gosennen no Hoshi
It is a restaurant situated inside Sanmaru Museum. It offers a variety of set menus and sweets, which are made of fish, vegetables and nuts that people during the Jumon period used to consume.