Itazuke Moated Settlement


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The settlement is 110m from north to south and 81m from east to west. The V-shaped moats are roughly oval in layout, and one straight segment of the ditch cordons off a small projecting area. This area seems to have had a specific purpose, perhaps for storage. The site was discovered by excavations in the 1950s. Remains of any homes within the moat had been obliterated over time and so the huts shown here are speculative reconstructions. Evidence of small tombs were found beyond the moat. Outside of the settlement were rice paddies running from east to west along rivers. The site is dated to around 2500 to 2400 years old. Although the Yayoi Period is traditionally dated from 300BC to 250AD, in recent years scholars have suggested pushing that date back several centuries, and the site at Itadzuke may be one of the reasons.

Visit Notes

Itadzuke-kangōshūraku is the restored and reconstructed fortified village of one of the oldest such settlements in Japanese history and the earliest confirmed rice-growing community. Next to the restored village is a museum displaying artifacts and models.


Castle Profile
English Name Itazuke Moated Settlement
Japanese Name 板付環濠集落
Alternate Names 板付遺跡
Founder The Yayoi
Year Founded 450BC; Yayoi Period
Castle Type Flatland
Castle Condition No main keep but other buildings
Designations National Historic Site
Historical Period Pre Edo Period
Features trenches
Visitor Information
Access Sasabaru Station on the Kajishima Main Line; 25 minutes walk
Visitor Information Museum open 9am-5pm
Time Required Two Hours
Location Fukuoka, Fukuoka Prefecture
Coordinates 33° 33' 55.51" N, 130° 27' 10.48" E
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Added to Jcastle 2020
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