On July 27, 2021, the Extended 44th Session of the UNESCO World Heritage Committee officially inscribed the Jomon Prehistoric Sites in Northern Japan on its World Heritage List.
At the Korekawa Jomon Kan, you can learn about the Korekawa Site in Hachinohe, which has been registered as a World Heritage Site. Purchase a one-day bus package and enjoy a casual outing at great value.
Visit the Korekawa Jomon Kan by bus
The Korekawa Jomon Kan in Hachinohe, Aomori Prefecture, displays a collection of Jomon artifacts from thousands of years ago, excavated from nearby archaeological sites, including lacquered objects, clay figurines and decorative earthenware.
JR Hachinohe Station
If you don’t know how to get to the Korekawa Jomon Kan, follow the signs with a large question mark and arrows pointing to the Tourist Information Center on the second floor after exiting the ticket gate.
At the Hachinohe Tourism Information Center, the staff will tell you how to get to the Korekawa Jomon Kan and other sightseeing spots.
Nanbu Bus J45
Go to the east exit of the station and you will see the bus terminal on your right. The bus leaves from bus stop #4 right in front of the big building (about a 25-minute ride).
After about 25 minutes, the bus will arrive at the last stop, the Korekawa Jomon Kan. The fare is 320 yen.
Korekawa Jomon Kan (Korekawa Archaeological Institution)
If you are using the bus package, show the discount coupon and pay the admission fee of 120 yen. Without the coupon, the price is 250 yen.
Use of the museum’s audio guide is free, but you will need to present ID and fill out a form. It is easy to operate, just select the language and press the button that matches the number of the exhibit. Using the audio guide will help you more fully enjoy the exhibits, especially when you are visiting alone. Alternatively, you can download the Pocket Curator app, which is just as helpful as the audio guide.
ⒸKorekawa Jomon Kan
Urushi lacquerware from 3000 years ago was excavated from a nearby archaeological site. Wooden bowls, woven baskets, and earthenware, are all urushi lacquer-coated. Urushi is a natural resin extracted from the urushi (lacquer) tree. Making lacquerware requires a high level of skill and craftsmanship.
Clay figurines dating from 1000 to 300 BC have been found in archaeological sites throughout the region. Each one has a unique appearance and expression. Some look like aliens from other planets, some like skiers with goggles, and some like cute mascots. You are sure to find something that intrigues you.
A variety of earthenware is also on display.
There are also spout earthenware, an incense burner, and a large container with a straw-rope pattern, all made without the use of a potter’s wheel.
National Treasure: Gassho Dogu (clay figurines)
ⒸKorekawa Jomon Kan
The national treasure Gassho Dogu is displayed alone in a darkened exhibition room. Unlike the other clay figurines found in the wetlands, this one was found in a pit dwelling without its left foot. The foot was later found 2.5 meters away. In addition, this clay figurine is broken in places and has been glued together using asphalt, so it must have been well cared for by the family that lived here 3,500 years ago. The figurine looks as if she is praying. She is perhaps praying for a safe baby delivery or longevity.
You can have a great time admiring the urushi lacquerware, clay figures, and earthenware while imagining the lives of the Jomon people.
After the visit
From Korekawa Jomon Kan to Hachinohe Station a bus that departs from the last stop, Korekawa Jomon Kan, where you got off when you first visited the museum. You can return directly to the station’s east exit (about a 30-minute ride).
About 30 minutes
After experiencing Jomon culture, stop by the souvenir shop on the first floor of the YouTree building adjacent to Hachinohe Station, where you can buy souvenirs from the Jomon goods corner to commemorate the registration of the Jomon Prehistoric Sites in Northern Japan as a World Heritage Site.