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Sannai-Maruyama Ruins
Ranked #2 of 96 things to do in Aomori
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Owner description: This historic site was accidentally discovered during construction of a baseball stadium. Excavations have revealed artifacts and structures dating back 5500 years to the Jomon period.
Reviewed August 22, 2013

The museum/jomon site are both free, and for that, it's very impressive what they can do. You can go in and view the museum, which houses artifacts from ancient civilization (daggerheads, pottery, etc.) as well as go view the reconstructed Jomon buildings, which is also pretty neat.

Additionally, for a fee, there's a crafts area, where you can work with a teacher to make some sort of crafts. From my understanding, some of the options were a small pottery thing, a stone charm, a weaved charm, although I recall there being ~5 or so options. The different options have different hours, although most of them are available around midday. So, don't come too late if you want to partake in these.

There's also a cafe and some souvenir shops which sell some general Aomori souvenirs, as well as some specific to the museum.

Other than that though, there's not much, and since all of the content is in Japanese (minus what the front desk can give you), I didn't find it very interesting. If you're a fan of ancient history, or perhaps just a bit more imaginative than I, you might enjoy this. Additionally, if you're travelling with children, the site provides a number of hands-on activities, including walking through the housing areas, and a few other things in the museum area.

3  Thank vmkrish
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Reviewed April 6, 2013

I really like this museum (no fee). It has an indoor portion and the actual site where they have recovered archeological evidence of the Jamon people. I went there to just see the site itself but the museum itself is very interesting and does a great job capturing the life of the Jamon people.

They offer group tours but i believe only in Japanese. The staff was friendly and gave me a pamphlet that was in English where i could read to myself as i was looking at the campsite.

There are also classes where you can build your own pottery which great for kids and adults.

2  Thank Jessie T
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Reviewed January 27, 2013

Not many foreign visit this site.Staffs can't speak english well but they are so kind and try to help us. We can learn about history of Jomon.

2  Thank Hina141
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Reviewed May 17, 2012

I see nobody has reviewed this in English yet, so maybe not so many foreign visitors go. Well, I took my two daughter (10 and 14, in Japanese school) and an aunt from overseas, who doesn't read or speak Japanese. We all had a good time! Sannai-Maruyama tells you about how the Jomon era people of lived.

There is an outdoor section, where you can walk round and see recreations of how they think the Joman era village would have looked, based on the excavations. A Japanese volunteer guide takes people round in groups but you can go on your own, as well. There are very basic English signs, but if you ask for an English guide map at the reception, you can work out what you're looking at.

Inside are realistic dioramas with scenes of village life, Jomon crafts and artifacts. Kids can try on Jomon style clothes and there some other hands-on activities as it was a weekend.

The museum is free and there is a cafe on site. Lockers for luggage cost 100 yen but you get your money back. Staff were friendly and enthusiastic about sharing their knowledge.

About 30 mins. by bus from Aomori Station, and close to the Museum of Art, so many people combine the two attractions. Unpretentious but very interesting museum.

15  Thank Louichan
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