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Shigetomi Kaigan Nature Experience Museum (Nagisa Museum)

An introduction to the Kinko Bay tidal flat ecosystem

The Shigetomi Kaigan Nagisa Experience Museum (also known as the Nagisa Museum) introduces visitors to the ecology of Kinko Bay. Nagisa means beach or shore in Japanese, and the museum focuses on the tidal flats of the Shigetomi Coast.

Benches in front of the museum offer a spectacular view of Kinko Bay and Sakurajima, an active volcano. Inside, the museum is split into four themed corners that display information on the seasons along the Shigetomi Coast, tourist activities in the area, the tidal flats along Kinko Bay and the Shigetomi Coast, and the local wildlife that inhabit these vital ecosystems. The tidal flat corner uses 3-D dioramas to present information on the topography of Kinko Bay and its changes over time. The wildlife corner features exhibits on the plants and animals that live in Aira Caldera, a marine caldera in Kirishima-Kinowan National Park. Wildlife you might see in the area include the common kingfisher, ospreys, dolphins and various kinds of crabs. Families with small children may enjoy relaxing on the sofa with some of the picture books from the museum's collection. The museum also has a lecture room that is used for hands-on educational experiences and events.

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Open 9:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. (During summer 9:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m.)
Closed Tuesdays (except in summer) and the New Year period (29 December to 3 January)
Cost Free of charge
Foreign Languages Multilingual pamphlets available
Address Hiramatsu 7675, Aira City, Kagoshima Prefecture
Phone (+81) 0995-73-3146

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