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LocationYoshinogari-Cho, Kanzaki District, Saga Prefecture
Also known as
Type of castleHilltop
Mountain's name
ConditionNo main keep but other buildings
Designation National Special Historic Sites
Year builtYayoi Period
Castle lord
Refurbishment lord
Restoration inside the main temple
Bronze swords with a total length of about 20cm to 43cm excavated from the North Tomb (photo by Saga Prefectural Board of Education)

Yoshinogari Ruins admission

admission fee : 460yen (over age15) for free (under junior high school students) ※Yoshinogari Historical Park
admission time :
April 1- May 31 : am9-pm5
Jun 1- August 31 : am9-pm6
September 1- march 31 : am9-pm5
closing period : December 31   third Monday of January and the following day   reference official site

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Yoshinogari Ruins Images 

The most distinctive feature of the Yoshinogari archeological site is related to the defense of the settlement. In the latter part of the Yayoi period, a double moat consisting of a bunker was formed, and a vault-shaped dugout with a total length of about 2.5 km encompasses about 40 hectares. Inside and outside the bunker were wooden fences, earthworks, and fences to prevent enemies from entering. There were multiple watchtowers in the moat for lookouts and intimidation. Inside the large bunker are two bunches, in which the buildings stand together. The northern settlement is named the "North Inner Zone" and the southern settlement is named the "South Inner Zone".
The entrance of "North Inner Zone"
Main temple

It is considered to be a central building for holding meetings to determine important matters of the whole Yoshinogari nation and praying and worshiping ancestors' spirits.
Ceiling inside the building

Considered an important place to support Yoshinogari.
It is said that trade goods with overseas and special products from all over Japan gathered, not only opened a huge market but also played an important role as a food storage base.
Devices to fight off rats
Prevent rats from intruding from below by incorporating a single plate into the pillar
Restored residence where the general population lived
Coffin holding the dead

It is unique to Northern Kyūshū, burial method in which a deceased person's limbs are folded and placed in a large unglazed pottery, and then buried there.

There are four large raised-floor buildings built to cover the overhanging section of the bunker in the South Inner Zone and it is believed that the soldiers watched closely for intruders into this area.
It seems to have been a very important place in this settlement, considered to be the eastern main gate at the time.
It seems that the bunker was buried and an earthen bridge was built, with a large gate inside.
It is also thought that there were special devices (pile with sharpened tip) on both sides of the gate to prevent enemy invasion.
【definitely worth visiting】Annual skyrocket and beautifully illuminated event in winter season

Link : Ancient Japanese Castle Ruins over 1200years ago

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