The area surrounding Sapporo, Otaru and Noboribetsu(Central Hokkaido)
- Mikasa City Museum(Mikasa)
The largest exhibition of ammonite fossils in Japan.
A hands-on museum where you are able to touch the fossil.
Formerly prospering from coal mining, the museum is in Mikasa city which is now known as the "town of fossils".
There are more than 1000 fossil artifacts lined up in the museum. In particular, the museum boasts of having the highest number in Japan on display with about 600 ammonite fossils from the Cretaceous period.
Besides there is also a gigantic Bivalvia Inoceramidae and a national monument, the Yezosaurus fossil which was excavated in the city in 1976 and which is also on display.
The distinctive feature of this museum is not just looking at these fossils but being able to actually touch the fossils, with the exception of one section.
Touch various small and large ammonite fossils and let's imagine life in the ancient times.
Besides also holding events such as "Nature Observation Courses" where it's possible to observe fossils in the open air, the historical Hokkaido exhibition focusing on Mikasa which prospered as the first coal mining town in Hokkaido is also enjoyable.
|Address||212-1 Ikushunbetsunishikicho, Mikasa||TEL||01267-6-7545|
|Hours||9:00 - 17:00 (admission by 16:30)||Closed||Monday (When Mondays fall on national holidays, closed on the following day), national holidays (December - March), year-end and New year holidays (December 30 - January 4)|
|Fees||High school students and over 450 yen, elementary and junior high school students 150 yen||URL||http://www.city.mikasa.hokkaido.jp/museum/|