Jomon Sites in Rokkasho Village

Nature is abundant un Aomori Prefecture, though the prefecture also has many ruins and sites that date back to prehistoric times.

The Japanese economy has developed remarkably since the mid-1960s.
As a result of large-scale development like the Mutsu Ogawara Natural Resource Development project, many ruins were also discovered in Aomori Prefecture in places like Rokkasho Village in Kamikita Gun, where the center of development is located. This discovery called attention to the pretection and preservation of those sites.

In 1973, the Culture Division was established as part of the Prefectural Board of Education and the Prefectural Investigation Center for Buried Cultural Heritage was creates in 1980.

Excavations have been carried out by these organizations to preserve and utilize our buried cultural heritage.



1969The New Nationwide Comprehensive Development Plan was decided in a Cabinet meeting.
1971An outline for the Mutsu Ogawara Natural Resoure Development preject was announced. The Prefectural Board of Education surveyed the locations of the sites with trial boring in Rokkasho Village and discovered 65 settlements.
1972The sites were surveyed by trial boring in three areas: Omotedate, Hacchazawa and Iyasakadaira.
1973The Culture Division was eatablished in the Prefectural Board of Education and the Buried Cultural Heritage Team undertook excavation projects. A development plan was formulated urban residential district A, where people who are forced to move decause of development live, and residential district B, where those who work in factories or harbor facilities live. Surveys were conducted for the distribution of the ruins in Chitose and Mutsusakae.
1974Trial boring was conducted in Mutsusakae, Hacchazawa, Oishitai, and Tominosawa; the number of ruins locates in Rokkasho Village jumped to 117.
1975Trial boring was conducted in Kouhata, Iyasakadaira, Shinnaya, and Chitose; there were now 47 ruins discovered in direct ralation to development.
1976Trial boring was conducted in Kouhata.
1977Excavations and trial boring were conducted in Omotedate, Kouhata, Muronokubo, Shinnaya, Iyasakadaira, and Mutsusakae.
1978Excavations and trial boring were condected in Ienomae, Hacchazawa, and Omotedate.
1979Excavations and trial boring were condected in Shinnaya, Omotedate, Hacchazawa, and Takahoko.

The lifestyle of the Jomon period fas been restored.

Folk Area
This area displays various daily artifacts that reinforced the customs and lifestyle of Rokkasho such as farming tools, clothes, and tableware.
Nature Area
A diarama introduces vicitors to the geographical features, animals, and plants of the cillage and includes the recorded chirping of birds. There is also a film that shows the scenery of Rokkasho in all four seasons.
Archeological Area
The earthenwares of Rokkasho Village are displayed by period from the beginning of Jomon period to the end of the Jomon period, Yayoi period, and Heian Period. A diorama also shows the hunting lifestyle and life in pit dwellings.
Fising Area
A diorama shows the abalone fishery of Tomari. The fishing gear of the village is also displayed.


Rokkasho Prefectural Museum

Open9:00 AM to 4:00 PM
ClosedMondays,days following holidays, and year-end holidays, and New Year's holidays
Address535 Aza-nozuki, Oaza-obuchi, Rokkasho Village, Kamikita Gun, Aomori Prefecture

Rokkasho Village

Access Map

Rokkasho Village is located at the base of Shimokita Peninsula in the eastern part of Aomori Prefecture. The area around the lakes and ponds inhabited by rare wild birds is known as a treasury of ancient ruins. There are also nudear fuel cycle fealities and national petroleum reserve in the villege. The village is knows as a place where you can experience both ancient and modern science at the same time.

Rokkasho Village official site/English

Access by car

  • From Aomori City : 1 hour 40 minutes
  • From Noheji Town : 40 minutes
  • From Mutsu City : 60 minutes
  • From Misawa City : 50 minutes
  • From Hachinohe City : 1 hour 30 minutes