Remains of a ringed-dugout settlement, dating back to the 3rd century B.C. Yoshinogari North Tomb, displaying the mystery of ancient age.
The Yoshinogari Remains lie on the spacious hilly area over Kanzaki City and Yoshinogari-cho of Kanzaki-gun in the northeastern part of Saga. Remains of a ringed-dugout settlement presumably dating back to the 3rd century B.C. were unearthed there, and excavation is still underway at the site. They are among the largest archeological remains in Japan.
More than 2,000 tombs containing pot coffins, a tomb mound under which large pot coffins were unearthed, remains of pit dwellings, high-floored storehouses, and many other objects were found at the site. These artifacts match the description of Yamatai-koku governed by Queen Himiko in the Chinese history book entitled "Gishi-wajin-den" of the 3rd century. The assertion that "the origin of Japan lies in northern Kyushu" attracted attention.
A total of 36 pit dwellings, 38 high-floor storehouses, and eight watchtowers, which gave rise to the controversy over Yamatai-koku, have been restored. At the Yoshinogari North Tomb, located to the north of the ringed-dugout settlement, the largest tomb mound in Japan, extending 25 meters east and west and 40 meters north and south as unearthed, is displayed. It gives visitors an idea of the grand scale of the remains. Articles unearthed at the site and models are exhibited in the Yoshinogari Exhibition Hall.
From Tokyo:[Air]1h 50 min from Haneda to Fukuoka Airport, and 5 min from the airport to Hakata Station by subway. 55 min from Hakata to Yoshinogari-koen Station by JR Nagasaki Line.[Rail]5 h from Tokyo to Hakata Station by JR Tokaido-Sanyo Shinkansen Line.
From Osaka:[Air]1h 15 min from Itami to Fukuoka Airport.[Rail]2h 30 min from Shin-Osaka to Hakata Station by Shinkansen.