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Hakodate Minamikayabe Travel | Things to Do

About 30km northeast of Hakodate, Minamikayabe (南茅部) is home of the Jomon-era (2000 to 9000 years ago) culture and archaeological finds in Southern Hokkaido. As the town is famous for its high-quality konbu (seaweed).


PRACTICAL TIPS

Location 30km northeast of Hakodate, 25km northwest of Esan, 20km southeast of Shikabe Onsen

Highlights Hakodate Jomon Culture Center

Tourist Information Michi-no-eki Jomon Roman Minamikayabe (道の駅縄文ロマン南かやべ): see below


01 JOMON CULTURE

Hakodate Jomon Culture Center

函館市縄文文化交流センター / 551-1 Usujiri-cho / 9am-5pm / Closed Mon, last Fri of Month / ¥300 / Wi-Fi / www.hjcc.jp

This museum is in the Michi-no-eki Jomon Roman Minamikayabe (道の駅縄文ロマン南かやべ) on Route 278 bypass, displaying Hokkaido’s only national treasure ‘Clay Figure’ (中空土偶: 41.5cm) and local excavated items. It is a 15-minute walk from the Usujiri Shogakko-mae (臼尻小学校前) bus stop.


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Ofune Archaeological Site

大船遺跡 / 575-1 Usujiri-cho / 9am-5pm 20 Apr-12 Nov / FREE / jomon-japan.jp

Ofune was one of Southern Hokkaido’s hub settlement sites during the mid Jomon-era on a coastal terrace. It has been discovered more than 100 pit dwellings and 200,000 archaeological finds. There is a small exhibition hall. It is several hundred meters up from Route 278 and it is best if you have your own wheel.



MINAMIKAYABE MAP


GETTING THERE

There are local buses from Hakodate to Minamikayabe Shisho-mae (南茅部支所前: 6 daily / 73min) and continue to Shikabe Kanketsusen Park (しかべ間欠泉公園: 40min) via Usujiri Shogakko-mae and Ofune on Route 278.


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