Onitaka Remains Park
Onitaka Remains Park is located on the south eastern end of Nikke Colton Plaza
, it next to ABC Housing Park in Ichikawa. The park is little well-tended,
but the trees and flowers in the park look wild and natural, so they are
very simple. Cherry blossoms and asaleas in spring, Japanese hydrangeas
and roses in summer, camellias in winter and some seasonal flowers still
bloom in the park beautifully and tell seasonal transition.
And some hajikis (potteries) were discovered in the park, so they are called
potteries of Onitaka Style, so the potteries became a standard style to
indicate the late Kofun Period (the period of ancient burial mounds). The
district name of Onitaka is registered in Japanese Archaeology.
Onitaka Remains were discovered when a plant of Kyoritsu Moslin Co was
built in Onitaka in 1932. Begining of the construction, some shells were
excavated 1 meter depth under a rice paddy ground, and some animal bones,
mine timbers and pieces of potteries were found 1 more meter depth.
This remains are the remains of ancient community in late Kofun Period.
Their residences built above the water on the sea shore was the unique
feature of the remains, so the people in the community fished for their
life. The altitude of Onitaka Remains are about 2.7 meters height, it is
much lower than the altitudes of the other remasins. Some mine timbers
excavated at the remains were cut down by men and others are not, the timbers
cut down by men might be used in their residences. The shell midden was
in the same place where the timbers excavated was formed a half moon, and
some creatures living in the shallow sea such as oysters, clams, corbicula
clams were found there and also some fish bones, scales, weights made of
soil and some other fishing implements were excavated. Moreover, sword
harness made of deer horn was found now preserved in History Museum of
Besides many hojikis were also excavated, they are so called Onitaka Style Pottery, then this remains is one of the important remains because they became standard style remains to imply late Kofun period.
Onitaka Style Potteries
Onitaka Style Potteries are the name of potteries' classification by date
of production, so Onitaka Style Potteries were made in late Kofun period
(500-700) discovered in southern Kanto region. Sosuke Sugihara, a leading
archaeologist in Japan, named many potteries excavated at Onitaka in Ichikawa
City in 1937 as a mark to classify. He put a Tsuki ( a round shaped bowl),
an imitation of the Sueki, to be a mark, long trunk pots, big Koshikis
(steaming baskets), bowls and Takatsukis (food stands) were discovered
and belonged to the same style. Based upon the sequence of earthware, it
is called Onitaka Period in late Kofun period in southern Kanto region,
this period was very stable ages, and the Yamato Imperial Court's Power
gradually extended through the region, the number of communities increased,
about 20 communities at the period were discovered in Ichikawa City.
Accessibilty To Onitaka Remains Park
- Onitaka Remains Park has a great accessibility from both Narita and Haneda
- From Narita International Airport, take Keisei-line and get off Onigoe
Sta, take minimally 40 minutes from Narita Airport. And also take JR Sobu-express
line, transfer the line at Funabashi to Sobu-Local line, get off Shimousa-Nakayama
or Motoyawata Sta.
- From Haneda International Airport, take Keikyu-line bound to Narita, and
get off Onigoe Sta.
- From Tokyo Sta, take Sobu-Express line bound to Chiba or Narita, transfer
the line to Sobu-Local line bound to Chiba, Tsudanuma, or Nishi-Funabashi
at Ichikawa Sta, get off Motoyawata or Shimousa-Nakayama Sta.
- From Akihabara Sta, take Sobu line bound to Chiba, get off Motoyawata or
- 10 minutes walk from south exit of Motoyawata Sta of JR Sobu Line
- 10 minutes walk from south exit of Simousa Nakayama Sta of JR Sobu Line
- 5 minutes walk from Onigoe Sta of Keisei Line
- Walk along the road surrounding Nikke Colton Plaza, The Park Of Onitaka
Remains is on the south eastern end at Nikke Colton Plaza
Landmarks Around Nikke Colton Plaza
Nikke Colton Plaza is covered with much green trees and beautiful flowers,
every season, you could find something new and wonderful in nature there.
Orihime Jinaja Shirine is a branch shrine for Ise Jingu Shrine (Naigu),
so Orihime Jinja Shrine dedicates Amaterasu Omikami.
Everybody from children to adults could enjoy experiencing and learning
about science and technology applying in industry.
Media park has the central library, kids library, museum of literature in Ichikawa and writers lived in Ichikawa and so on. It is good space to know Ichikawa City.
The Park Of Onitaka Remains
In the residential district, there is a small and deserted park, it is
called the Park Of Onitaka Remains excavated some remains there.
Nikke Colton Plaza is a shopping mall with some shops, restaurants, cafe,
movie theatres, gym, shrine garden and so on.