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YOSHINOGARI

Famous Yoshinogari Historical Park is a must-see.

Yoshinogari Historical Park is set in an area of 117ha. In this park lie the Yoshinogari ruins, one of Japan’s largest remains of moat-encircled villages, with an area of 40ha. The ancient village is about 2,000 years but has been restored and was opened as Japan’s second National Historical Park in 2001. The most distinctive feature of the Yoshinogari ruins is the design of the village, which was intended to defend itself from outside enemies. There are double moats encircling the village, and outer moats and inner moats of sharp V-shapes. Inside the outer moat are two main settlements called “Kita-naikaku (Northern Inner Enclosure)” and “Minami-naikaku (Southern Inner Enclosure),” where people were believed to have lived and traded products in the market or held festivals. This park elaborately reproduces the life of the people at that time, showing us how people traded products from other regions and stocked grains in the storehouses.
Inside the park, there is an exhibition room that shows unearthed articles such as earthenware or jar burials. There is also a workshop where you can experience fire-making or comma-shaped bead pendant making.

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