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).
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
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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.