Gossa Kaito Site

Gossa Kaito Site are the remains of a village that made ironware during the late Yayoi Period (1800-1900 years ago). It is rare to find sites in a village where ironware production, the latest technology of the time, continued for more than 100 years, and because of its historical importance, it was designated as a National Historic Site in 2012.

In this article, we will give you some pointers for sightseeing along with the charms we felt when we actually visited Gossa Kaito Site.

Tourist Attractions at Gossa Kaito Site

The ironware workshop at Gossa Kaito Site
Iron products excavated at Gossa Kaito Site
Plate-shaped iron axe made in the Korean Peninsula excavated at Gossa Kaito Site

Twenty-three pit buildings were discovered at Gossa Kaito Site, 12 of which were found to be blacksmith workshop buildings. More than 100 pieces of ironware and stone smithing tools have been excavated from the sites, providing insight into the conditions of the period.

A plate-shaped iron axe from the Korean peninsula also suggests that people of the time communicated with each other via the sea.

Exhibits at Gossa Kaito Site

Exhibition room at Gossa Kaito Site
Inside the pit building at Gossa Kaito Site
Inside the pit building at Gossa Kaito Site

Gossa Kaito Site has the following main exhibits

  • Pit buildings and their descriptions
  • Excavated ironware and stone blacksmith tools and their respective explanations
  • Video introduction of Gossa Kaito Site

Also in the building where the reception desk is located is the Marugo Kitchen, where visitors can enjoy dishes made with Marugo onions, which are packed with the sweetness and nutrition of Gossa.

Basic Information on Gossa Kaito Site

NameGossa Kaito Site
Address1395-3 Kurotani, Awaji City
Official WEB
Opening hours09:00-17:00
ClosedMondays (or the following weekday if Monday is a national holiday)
Parking feeFree
AccessPublic Transportation:10 minutes by cab or 45 minutes on foot from Hokudan IC bus stop.
Car: 10 min. by car from Hokudan IC.