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Moyoro Shell Mound Museum, Abashiri City

Museum
Abashiri City, Hokkaido
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* Audio guidance is available in English, Russian, Chinese(Simplified and Traditional) and Korean.
* English, Russian, Chinese(Simplified and Traditional) and Korean pamphlets are available.
* Wheelchairs/strollers are allowed (some are available for loan).

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Facility Outline:
Experience the culture of the ancient Moyoro people of Hokkaido

External viewThe Moyoro Shell Mound is located at the mouth of the Abashiri River, which flows into the Sea of Okhotsk. Some 1,300 years ago, people from the northern continent developed a unique way of living known as Okhotsk culture in Abashiri. The unearthed artifacts showcased at this museum highlight ways of life from those days, unique spiritual beliefs and skillful sea mammal hunting techniques.

Restored outdoor dwelling site

Restored outdoor dwelling site

Exhibits are displayed by theme, and include dwellings, graves and shell mounds. The Gravesite Exhibition Room displays an unearthed grave, while outdoor ruins include former dwelling sites and other graves. Visitors follow a pathway through the premises to experience the atmosphere of a settlement from some 1,300 years ago.

Permanent Exhibition:
The unique fine patterns of Okhotsk pottery

Exhibition space

Exhibition space

Pottery is a typical artifact unearthed from Okhotsk culture sites. The forms of these pieces, which include pots and vases, and designs such as incised lines and the waveform patterns of thin clay string decoration, are unique to this culture. Appliqué decorations and designs representing waterfowl, along with artifacts depicting other animals, highlight the spirituality of the era’s Moyoro people.

Restored dwelling

Restored dwelling

Typical permanent-exhibition artifacts: Okhotsk culture pottery

Typical permanent-exhibition artifacts: Okhotsk culture pottery

Exhibitions Information

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Basic Information

Facility nameMoyoro Shell Mound Museum – a branch of the Abashiri Kyodo (Hometown) Museum
AddressKita 1-jo Higashi 2-chome, Abashiri, Hokkaido
Tel.+81-152-43-2608
Hours9:00 – 17:00 (May 1 – October 31), 9:00 – 16:00 (November 1 – April 30)
ClosedOctober to June: Mondays, national holidays and year-end/New Year holidays; July to September: open daily
Admission feeAdults: 300 yen; high school and university students: 200 yen; elementary and junior high school students: 100 yen
Access5 min. on foot from Moyoro Iriguchi (entrance) bus stop, which is approx. 5 min. on the Abashiri Bus from JR Abashiri Station (See the Moyoro Shell Mound Museum web page (in Japanese) )
WebsiteJapanese / Downloadable foreign-language leaflets (PDF)
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