- Places and Activities
- History and Culture
Chojagahara Archaeological Museum
At the Center of the World’s Oldest Jadeworking Culture
The Chojagahara Archaeological Site was the site of a number of massive settlements over 5,000 to 3,500 years ago. The people who lived in these settlements collected jade from the nearby rivers and coast. Recognizing its durability and beauty, they used it in the crafting of tools and jewelry, eventually devloping into the first example of jadeworking known in the world. Today, the Chojagahara Archaeological Site is recognized as one of the largest neolithic sites in Japan’s Hokuriku Region and is registered as a National Historic Site of Japan.
The Chojagahara Archaeological Site is massive and it is estimated that not even 10% has been unearthed. A few dwellings have been reconstructed as an archaeological park nearby, while the Chojagahara Archaeological Museum houses a massive collection of pottery, beads and other historical artifacts unearthed at the site and similar sites around Itoigawa.
◆Chojagahara Archaeological Museum
Joint Admission with Fossa Magna Museum: 600yen
100yen discount for groups of 20 or more
Children (18 and under): Free
◆Chojagahara Archaeological Park
|Address||1383 Ichinomiya, Itoigawa (In Miyama Park)|
|Business Hours||9:00 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.|
|Days Closed||Open Daily Mar - Nov / Closed Mondays in Dec - Feb / Closed Dec 28 - Jan 4|
|Parking & Transit Info||Parking Available / 10 min drive from Itoigawa Station / Hourly Shuttle Bus Available from Itoigawa Station|