An In-Depth Look at the 10,000 Year-Old Jomon Culture in Hokkaido

From JPY ¥1,750.00
  • Duration: 60 Minutes (approx.)
  • Location: Hakodate, Usujiri-cho
  • Product code: EN-HKD-5019-50190


The Jomon culture, which has matured and flourished while adapting to the severe changes in the natural environment, is a unique Japanese culture that has lasted for more than 10,000 years and is unlike any other in the world. We will be visiting the Jomon Culture Center where you can learn about the lives of people living within the Jomon culture through comprehensive exhibits. This museum permanently displays the only national treasure in Hokkaido, the "Hollow Clay Figure," known by the nickname of "Kakku." 

The center also functions as a Roadside Station (rest area with shops selling local produce, snacks, souvenirs, etc.). The museum displays a variety of unearthed relics such as stoneware and earthenware excavated from the remains of the Jomon period, focusing specifically on the Minami Kayabe Jomon Archaeological Site. This plan includes a visit to the Jomon Culture Center and a hands-on experience of the Jomon culture.

You can choose and try one activity from the following: making earthenware and clay objects with soap clay, making Jomon origami, making Jomon straps and accessory, a fire starting experience, or making a Kakku mask.


  • Visit a museum with a permanent display of the only national treasure in Hokkaido, the "Hollow Clay Figure."
  • Many earthenware and stoneware excavated from the Jomon Archeological Sites are on display.
  • This is a chance to deeply understand the ancient Jomon culture, which has been extensively studied by scholars around the world.
  • Select one from a total of five activities that feature the Jomon culture.
  • Enjoy souvenir shopping at the annexed Roadside Station next to the museum.


Enter the museum→View the exhibition→Try a cultural experience→The tour ends


You will receive an admission ticket to visit the Jomon Culture Center. The permanent display of the "Hollow Clay Figure" is a must-see. There are many other relics such as various earthenware and stoneware excavated from the remains of the Jomon period in Hakodate from the Minami Kayabe Jomon Archeological Site. After gaining knowledge of the Jomon culture, you will get to have a tangible cultural experience.

Please choose one from the following five cultural experiences.

1. Making earthenware and clay objects with soap clay

By kneading the soap clay, you can mold an earthenware or a Magatama, an ancient Japanese ornament made of comma-shaped beads to your liking.

    It can also be used as soap.

   The time required: 60 minutes

2. Jomon origami

Origami is a traditional Japanese cultural activity of folding paper. You can make a container (cup type) with origami on which mesh pattern (Jomon) is printed.

    There are extras available for souvenirs.

    The time required: 20 minutes

3. Making a Jomon strap and accessory

Select five of your favorite beads from several types, such as wood beads, shellfish, and walnuts. Tie them through a string and attach the metal fittings on the strap to complete it.

    The time required: 20 minutes

4. Fire starting experience

This activity entails learning how to start a fire primitively. Once your fire is made, you will receive a “fire starter certificate.”

    The time required: 30 minutes

5. Making a Kakku mask

Paint your favorite color on paper where the face of Kakku is printed. Kakku is the nickname of the only national treasure in Hokkaido and is displayed in the museum. After laminating the paper, make holes near the ears and pass rubber bands through the holes. Now your Kakku mask is completed!

    The time required: 30 minutes

The item you made in any of the five options can be taken home as a souvenir.

The Jomon culture item you made will be the only one in the world. 

More souvenirs are available at the Roadside Station next to the museum.


  • Time:20 to 60 minutes (varies depending on the menu of the activity)
  • Meeting point:Hakodate Jomon Culture Center
    551-1,Usujiri-cho, Hakodate-shi, Hokkaido

  • Access: 
    【By car】 A 40-minute drive from Hakodate Airport, 60 minutes from JR Hakodate Station
    【By bus】 Approximately 90 minutes from JR Hakodate Station

  • Language support:Japanese, simple English
  • Included:Entrance fee, experience fee, material costs
  • Toilet:〇


7 to 4 days before the tour date   40% of the tour price
3 to 2 days before the tour date   60% of the tour price
The day before the tour date, on the day of the tour   100% of the tour price
※Right after the online settlement is made, a cancellation fee of 10% will be incurred in case of cancellation.
※The cancellation fee includes handling charges.