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Kanto Tokai Kansai Chugoku Shikoku Kyushu Okinawa Islands SAPPORO TOKYO NAGOYA OSAKA FUKUOKA FURANO KUSHIRO AOMORI SENDAI FUKUSHIMA NIKKO HAKONE SADO TAKAYAMA KANAZAWA ISE KYOTO NARA HIROSHIMA NAGASAKI KAGOSHIMA NAHA
Hokkaido
Hokkaido
  • Hokkaido
Japan's great white north offers wild, white winters and bountiful summers—a haven for dedicated foodies, nature lovers and outdoor adventure fans seeking an adrenaline rush Japan's great white north offers wild, white winters and bountiful summers—a haven for dedicated foodies, nature lovers and outdoor adventure fans seeking an adrenaline rush
Tohoku
Tohoku
  • Aomori
  • Akita
  • Iwate
  • Yamagata
  • Miyagi
  • Fukushima
Fearsome festivals, fresh powder snow and vast fruit orchards—the rugged territory of Tohoku offers a new perspective on travel in Japan Fearsome festivals, fresh powder snow and vast fruit orchards—the rugged territory of Tohoku offers a new perspective on travel in Japan
Hokuriku Shinetsu
Hokuriku Shinetsu
  • Niigata
  • Toyama
  • Ishikawa
  • Fukui
  • Nagano
An easily accessible slice of rural Japan offering unrivaled mountainscapes and coastlines, endless outdoor adventure and amazing ocean fare An easily accessible slice of rural Japan offering unrivaled mountainscapes and coastlines, endless outdoor adventure and amazing ocean fare
Kanto
Kanto
  • Tokyo
  • Kanagawa
  • Chiba
  • Saitama
  • Ibaraki
  • Tochigi
  • Gunma
Jump from the neon glow of Tokyo to Gunma's mountain retreats, Kamakura's cultural heritage and the Ogasawara Islands' exotic wildlife Jump from the neon glow of Tokyo to Gunma's mountain retreats, Kamakura's cultural heritage and the Ogasawara Islands' exotic wildlife
Tokai
Tokai
  • Yamanashi
  • Shizuoka
  • Gifu
  • Aichi
  • Mie
Hallmark attractions such as Mt. Fuji and Takayama coexist with major cities and famous heritage in the center of Japan Hallmark attractions such as Mt. Fuji and Takayama coexist with major cities and famous heritage in the center of Japan
Kansai
Kansai
  • Kyoto
  • Osaka
  • Shiga
  • Hyogo
  • Nara
  • Wakayama
The Kansai region is one of contrasts, from the glittering lights of Osaka and Kobe to the cultural treasures of Kyoto and Nara The Kansai region is one of contrasts, from the glittering lights of Osaka and Kobe to the cultural treasures of Kyoto and Nara
Chugoku
Chugoku
  • Tottori
  • Shimane
  • Okayama
  • Hiroshima
  • Yamaguchi
Welcome to Japan's less-explored western frontier, where the weather is warmer and the pace of life is slower Welcome to Japan's less-explored western frontier, where the weather is warmer and the pace of life is slower
Shikoku
Shikoku
  • Tokushima
  • Kagawa
  • Ehime
  • Kochi
Island-hopping, cycling, soul-warming spiritual strolling and red-hot dancing—the island of Shikoku gets you up and moving Island-hopping, cycling, soul-warming spiritual strolling and red-hot dancing—the island of Shikoku gets you up and moving
Kyushu
Kyushu
  • Fukuoka
  • Saga
  • Nagasaki
  • Oita
  • Kumamoto
  • Miyazaki
  • Kagoshima
The southern island of Kyushu is home to hot springs, rugged geography, undeveloped beaches and volcanoes ranging from sleepy to smoky The southern island of Kyushu is home to hot springs, rugged geography, undeveloped beaches and volcanoes ranging from sleepy to smoky
Okinawa
Okinawa
  • Okinawa
Fly to Okinawa and discover a distinct island culture born of subtropical sun, white sand, coral, mangrove jungles and the age of the Ryukyu Kings Fly to Okinawa and discover a distinct island culture born of subtropical sun, white sand, coral, mangrove jungles and the age of the Ryukyu Kings

Attraction

Fukui Prefectural Dinosaur Museum 福井県立恐竜博物館

Visit the center of dinosaur research in Japan

Driving through the city of Katsuyama, you'll notice a large silver egg-shaped building in the hills. This is the Fukui Prefectural Dinosaur Museum, the center of dinosaur research in Japan and recognized as one of the greatest dinosaur museums in the world. It's the biggest in Japan, making it one of Fukui's most popular tourist destinations with 700,000 people visiting annually.

Don't Miss

  • The nearby Field Station, where you can try your hand at excavating from spring to autumn
  • The special exhibitions, typically staged from July to October
  • The dinosaur-themed restaurant on the third floor

How to Get There

The Fukui Prefectural Dinosaur Museum is accessible by bus or taxi from Katsuyama Station.

Take the community bus bound for Nagaoyama, and get off at Kyoryu Hakubutsukan-mae (20 minutes). A taxi will get you there slightly faster.

Quick Facts

Katsuyama is home to Japan's largest excavation site

This site is responsible for the majority of dinosaur discoveries in Japan

Five dinosaurs have been discovered here: the Fukuiraptor kitadaniensis, Fukuisaurus tetoriensis, Fukuititan nipponensis, Koshisaurus katsuyama, and Fukuivenator paradoxus

Start at the top

The entrance hall to the museum is on the third floor and includes a special exhibit hall, movie theater, and the Dino Library.

Come face to face with a T. Rex and see close to 50 dinosaur skeletons

There are three main exhibitions at the Fukui Prefectural Dinosaur Museum, the largest being Dinosaur World. You'll be greeted here by a life-sized animatronic Tyrannosaurus Rex, which guards the skeletons of over 40 dinosaurs. You'll also be able to find the skeletons and fossils of locally discovered dinosaurs including the Fukuiraptor and Fukuisaurus. Seven of the skeletons are original specimens.

Get closer to prehistoric Earth

The Earth Sciences exhibition, on the same level as the Dinosaur World exhibition, tells you all about the Earth and how life came to exist through hands-on displays and videos. There is another zone on the second floor called the Dino Lab where you touch some real fossils.

See the evolution of life right before your eyes

The History of Earth is the third and final exhibition, located on the second floor. Browse the exhibitions to discover more fossils and dinosaur models which illustrate the evolution of life. Also on display are the skeletons of several large prehistoric mammals, including elks and mammoths. This level gives a panoramic view of the first floor.

Observe technicians as they work

On the second floor, you'll find the Fossil Preparation Lab. Technicians meticulously clean fossils found at the nearby Kitandani Quarry excavation site for research and exhibition. Visitors are free to observe them as they work through the window.

When to see the dinosaurs

The museum is only open during the daytime, and you need to be in the doors by 4:30 p.m. It's open every day from the end of July until the end of August and closed on the second and fourth Wednesdays of the month and from December 31 to January 1.

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