The Shakado Ruins Museum is home to a vast display of earthenware and ruins that were excavated during the construction of the Chuo Expressway between February 1980 & November 1981.
Of an impressive 5, 599 articles that have been designated ‘Cultural Assets’, several hundreds have been made permanent exhibits.
With numerous special exhibitions and other exciting events taking place, the summer holiday period is very popular with children – especially for clay figure making (costing 200JPY for materials), where figures can then be taken home with you as a souvenir!
Due to its being located on high ground and surrounded by beautiful peach orchards, April’s peach blossom season sees visitors from all across the country, many of whom have come to sketch and photograph the area’s stunning landscape, or perhaps just to enjoy a leisurely stroll around the museum grounds.
The museum is located just above the Shakado Chuo Expressway service area (going away from Tokyo), where a private stairway going directly to the museum is in place, making it an easily accessible visiting spot for anyone passing through the area.