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Representing Shiojiri City, the Hiraide Ruins are a collection of sites in historical villages. These settlements took shape from the Jomon era into the Heian era. Excavations, which took place starting in 1950, were rare at the time for being set up as interdisciplinary investigations. Participants were not just archaeologists but researchers from a variety of fields, such as architecture and folklore studies. Up until now, 290 habitation sites and building ruins have been uncovered, as well as a great number of pottery and stoneware artifacts. In 1952, the area was designated as a National Historical Site, and at present it’s being used as the Hiraide Ruins Park, which recreates the living environment of prehistoric and ancient times.
388-2 Soga Village, Shiojiri, Nagano
Guidance Building 9:00～17:00
Guidance Building Mondays and days following holidays
About a 7 or 8 minute walk away is the Hiraide Museum. You can study the ways of the past at this complex, which is divided into four exhibition rooms: the Hiraide Ruins, Prehistoric Shiojiri, Ancient Shiojiri, and Folk Culture of Shiojiri.
Walk about 20 minutes from the west exit of Shiojiri Station, JR Chuo Line.
About 5 minutes by taxi from Shiojiri Station, JR Chuo Line.
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