Excavation of the Saiku-ato Archaeological Site
The Saiku-ato Archaeological site is designated as a National Historic Excavation Site,
covering an area of 2 kilometers east to west and 700 meters north to south, a total area
of 137 hectares. The excavation project official began in 1970, and is still on-going.
In the eastern part of the excavation site, besides the confirmation of a systematic boundary
resembling a go-board dated in the latter part of the Nara period, atretching 7 blocks east to
west and 4 blocks from north to south, there has been progress in the examination of the
central residence where the Saio lived. Thus, the Phantom Shrine is gradually taking shape
and is on the verge of being fully revealed.
119th Saiku-ato Excavation project site
(*The pillars of an ancient building are marked by where the people are standing.)