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Sannai-Maruyama Ruins

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Address: 305 Sannai Maruyama, Aomori 038-0031, Aomori Prefecture
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+81 17-781-6078
09:00 - 17:00
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This historic site was accidentally discovered during construction of a...

This historic site was accidentally discovered during construction of a baseball stadium. Excavations have revealed artifacts and structures dating back 5500 years to the Jomon period.

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After attempting to walk to the museum from downtown Aomori (don't do this... it's WAY too far), we took a taxi to check out the Sannai-Maruyama ruins and museum. The museum... read more

4 of 5 bubblesReviewed 29 November 2016
Vancouver, Canada
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Adelaide, Australia
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62 reviews
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

We visited these ruins recently and it didn't occur to us beforehand that visiting them in snow is perhaps not the best way to get the most out of them...everything was covered in a decent layer of snow, so anything that wasn't a building outside was completely invisible. That said, it was still peaceful walking around outside in the snow... More 

Thank purringcat
Vancouver, Canada
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15 reviews
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 29 November 2016

After attempting to walk to the museum from downtown Aomori (don't do this... it's WAY too far), we took a taxi to check out the Sannai-Maruyama ruins and museum. The museum, which we were pleasantly surprised to find out is free, gives a very good look at life in stone-age Japan (the Jomon period). I was quite surprised that Aomori... More 

Thank JoeyJoJoJrShabbadu
Simi Valley, California
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32 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 43 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 25 November 2016

It was interesting to walk around and see the different types of buildings that were reconstructed from 4,500 years ago, even in 6 degree weather. There is a great gift shop and a lot of interesting exhibits. Most of the signage has English translations, and be sure to ask for the English pamphlet when you enter if you don't read... More 

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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 193 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 7 November 2016

One of the favorite places we visited while in Aomori. Our guide was informative and educational and didn't give us speculative answers. If there wasn't a clear explanation for things he explained that. Well worth a few hours of your time - especially if you have a good guide.

Thank Delbe M
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 25 October 2016 via mobile

Settlement from 3500-2000 BC in the Jomon Era. Finds of stone tools, ornaments, and clay pots displayed in a modern museum. Little depth in the displays, so much that has been deduced about the Jomon occupants is not explained. Restaurant. No books in English.

Thank ArlingtonEddie
Sydney, New South Wales, Australia
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 October 2016

The site dates back 4000-5500 years and is representative of the indigenous people of this part of Japan. The buildings are recreations based on archeological evidence uncovered during digs. Some of the remain exposed (under cover).

Thank John2090
Tel Aviv, Israel
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 7 September 2016

You get to see the remains of a village (or settlement) from the Jomon period of Japan (approximately 5,500 to 4,000 years ago), learn about this period and the way the people lived, and even experience some of it yourself! You can dress as people from this period, make pottery and jewelry, and try to light a fire using sticks!... More 

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West Lafayette, Indiana
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 26 July 2016

I was there when it was snowing heavily and thus a large part of the site is buried in snow. To me, this make the experience a lot more interesting and I certainly have fun tracking through the snow. The museum provided snow boots which is certainly very helpful in dealing with the almost knee high snow. I really like... More 

Thank julianatay
United States
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 28 May 2016 via mobile

Well kept grounds, super friendly staff, and beautifully displayed history. Inside and outside portions. Kid friendly and craft workshops. Souvenir shops. Plenty of English. There is also Korean and Chinese. We enjoyed our time and a beautiful stroll outside and in.

Thank Jessica F
Weston Super Mare
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 21 May 2016 via mobile

A large site showing reconstructed dwellings on top of the original ones excavated at this site. Large Jomon village with excellent finds of clay figurines and various cooking & hunting implements as well as food residue. Museum has an excellent collection with English descriptions. Also a very interesting film about the site & Jomon life with English audio available. Hands... More 

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