Yoshinogari Historical Park, Yoshinogari-cho

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#1 of 41 in Parks in Saga Prefecture
State Park Historic Walking Area
At Yoshinogari Historical Park, you can explore the outstanding archaeological site, believed to be the earliest example of state government in the country. Beneath the ground here, archaeologists have uncovered elevated store houses, dozens of pit dwellings, and over 2,000 tombs, making it the largest and most important site in Japan, and an indispensable location for those who want to learn about the Yayoi period. Across the multiple ditch-and-palisade protected settlements, you can inspect and enter most of the reconstructed buildings, with some containing artifacts salvaged from the site. Near to the central settlement (thought to be where the ruling class would have resided), you'll find a museum filled with more artifacts and packed with information, with detailed English language translations. You can grab a meal at the saga restaurant on site, though it's worthwhile bringing along some water and snacks to sustain you as you explore the large park. To visit Yoshinogari Historical Park and get the most from your holiday in Yoshinogari-cho, create itinerary details personal to you using our Yoshinogari-cho itinerary planner.
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  • The park area is large, and mostly outdoor, so you won't enjoy it on rainy or windy days. The entrance fee in April 2017 was 420 Yen per person (adult). We suggest taking a free bus around first, to g...  more »
  • I wanted to bring my parents to this place but unfortunately it was a cold rainy windy day. We decided to have lunch at the restaurant and had the Saga beef steak which melted in our mouths. I can ima...  more »
  • First things first. GET A GUIDE. We had pretty much just entered the gates and a very friendly gentlemen offered his services as a volunteer guide. He spoke Japanese and English fairly fluently. You h...  more »
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  • Fantastic park. Great kids play area and the historical ruins are really interesting and great to walk around.
  • Great for a walk and getting an idea of the ancient times. The area is quite huge, so take your time here. You can have a look into the houses and there are some games for children. The museum is nicely made. Fun fact: Lots of Pokemon and Pokestops ;)
  • It was raining when we visited and the wind was so cold that we just decided to have lunch at the restaurant. The Saga beef steak was oishi! From the restaurant I can imagine how great a visit the park would make but unfortunately it was too cold for us.
  • In the west we rarely are exposed to Japanese history prior to the Edo era. Yoshiogari Park gives us a view into the Yayoi period of Japanese history (3 c B.C. to 3 c A.D.) This fascinating look into ancient history was made all the better by locals and the volunteer guide who were all eager to share this slice of ancient life in their area with foreigners. I highly recommend taking the detour from the usual tourist stops to take in a little bit of history.
  • Incredible sense of history. The jar burials are astounding and very well presented. Plaques are presented in Japanese, Korean and English. Set aside at least 2 hours to see everything.